Article by Ntokozo Mbatha (Marketing Department)
The College is privileged to have entered into a partnership with EWSETA and the Chinese Culture Centre for a 12-month Internship Programmme that will provide a very desirable opportunity to 35 of the College’s Chemical Engineering (Water and Wastewater Treatment) N6 students to be trained in China.
Recently, the College arranged a programme to induct these fortunate candidates at the Newcastle Training Centre and to arrange all the necessary logistics for this project. The event was attended by delegates from EWSETA, Chinese Culture Centre, Senior Management from the College, and other VIPs.
Mr. J.C. Lu (Project Manager at the Chinese Culture Centre) delivered an informative presentation about the Chinese workplace environment, which included the relevant industries and training facilities where students will be placed for the internship. He highlighted that “Students from different countries in the world will be placed in four different Universities in China for this project. They will all spend three months in campuses, and will thereafter be allocated to the chosen workplaces for the practical work experience component”.
The 12 month long training programme is funded by EWSETA, together with the Chinese Culture Centre. During the period of the Internship, the students will be provided with comprehensive practical experience and training that will enhance their skills and knowledge in water and wastewater treatment. The need for skills development in water and waste water treatment is a priority in South Africa.
Deputy Principal of PRAID at Majuba TVET College, Mr. P.M. Ntshangase expressed his gratitude on behalf of the College and encouraged learners to perform well in China. “We believe that everyone will perform well to represent Majuba TVET College, as well as our country, South Africa. This training programme will provide them with advanced skills and expose them to the international environment”.
The main aim of this programme is to embark on a collective project to provide quality training to our students so that they acquire the necessary skills to address the urgent developmental needs of the fast growing South African water sector. It is also seen as a way to further address and mitigate the shortage of water in this country. Majuba TVET College, is continuously looking towards building stronger relationships with Industries within South Africa and abroad in order to overcome skills shortages in critical areas.