On Friday 11 November, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges in the Eastern Cape, in partnership with the British Council and the Office of the Premier, will host a Skills and Employability Conference at the Volkswagen People Pavilion in Uitenhage. This one-day programme will include a panel discussion on how the different sectors are contributing to the creation of quality and excellence in skills provision. There will be a breakaway session where delegates will respond to topics around skills development.
The Skills and Employability Conference aims to:
- Promote dialogue on effective approaches to bridging the skills gap in South Africa.
- Map the role that key stakeholders like Industry, Sector Education & Training Authorities (SETA’s), Educational Institutions, Government, National & International development agencies can play in addressing skills gaps.
- Share and learn best practices on how the sector organisations can work together to address the skills challenge.
Speakers at the conference will include Mr Glen McMahon, International Project Manager, Belfast Met College, Northern Ireland, Ms. Meike Wetsch, Programme Manager: Coega Human Capital Solutions, Mr Jean September, Deputy Country Director of the British Council (Cape Town Office) of the British Council, Mr Hein Luiters, Acting General Manager of the Office of the Premier, Ms Nombulelo Nxesi, CEO of ETDP SETA, Ms Kim Smallie Learning and Development Specialist and Mr Luvuyo Ngubelanga, Chairperson of Principals Forum of TVET Colleges in the Eastern Cape.
The Provincial Conference co-ordinator, Ms Elmari van de Merwe said: “The Skills and Employability Conference is an opportunity for all stakeholders in the Eastern Cape, who have influence in skills development, to come together, look at the challenges the province is facing in enhancing quality and excellence in skills provision and come up with collaborative solutions that will bridge these gaps”.
The British Council creates international opportunities for the people in the United Kingdom and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. It is a Royal Charter charity, established as the UK’s international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations. It has years of experience and has become a body of knowledge through numerous engagements with Government, industry and education at various levels.
The Office of the Premier’s mission is to ensure responsive, integrated and sustainable service delivery to all in the Eastern Cape through strategic leadership, critical interventions and co-ordinate effective provincial government.
TVET Colleges are known for their passion in transforming, not only the lives of their students, but communities in the Eastern Cape as well. TVET’s have international links with the United Kingdom and locally. They work with leaders in industry to transform the education system of South Africa into a world class provision.
Conference commission recommendations will be tabled for further discussions at a TVET SETA Provincial Skills Development Forum (PSDF) and will also assist the Human Resource Development (HRD) Forum.
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