Majuba TVET College rallied behind the DHET’s Decade of the Artisan advocacy programme by hosting a hugely successful event at the Newcastle Training Centre, a delivery site of Majuba TVET College. On the second day, the Campaign was launched at the Dundee Technology Centre Campus.
The event on both the days was well attended by delegates from DHET, SETA’s, Industry, School Principals, Life Orientation teachers, unemployed youth and our VVIP’s (Grade 9 school pupils).
Principal of Majuba TVET College, Mr. S.J. Mlotshwa, highlighted that “There is a continuous need for suitably qualified artisans to sustain industries and support economic growth within South Africa. More young people need to be apprenticed into trades to produce the required number of artisans by 2030 as articulated in the National Development Plan (NDP). This Campaign also intends to form mutually beneficial partnerships between TVET Colleges, Industry and SETAs”.
Speaking at the Decade of the Artisan programme, Londiwe Mabaso (a young qualified female artisan employed at Elinem Construction) encouraged the learners particularly females to consider Artisanship as a career of choice and shared the various opportunities in artisanship such as Health and Safety, Welding, Boilermaking, etc. “You can work anywhere, for example, in the mines, you can even be a Safety Officer and earn up to R40 000 a month. Join us in the artisan industry – it’s a beautiful industry, it is cool and full of opportunities”. Londiwe is a former student of Majuba TVET College and is now employed as a Boilermaker at Elinem Construction and she has been in the industry for 7 years.
The main aim of this significant campaign was to encourage more young people (high school learners and unemployed youth) to view artisanship as the career of choice to ease the shortage of skills in our country. It is also seen as a way to further assist the nation to produce a more skilled workforce in the future as well as contribute to our economic growth and development. #ItIsCoolToBeA21stCenturyArtisan #DecadeOfTheArtisan #MajubaTVETCollege