Media Release:  Official launch the artisan development Centres of Specialisation partnership between the DHET and Japan International Cooperate Agency at Northlink TVET College, Wingfield Campus

To: All Media
For Immediate Release
25 March 2019

Minister Pandor to officially launch the artisan development Centres of Specialisation partnership between the DHET and Japan International Cooperate Agency at Northlink TVET College, Wingfield Campus, 26 March 2019 at 14h00

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor, will officially launch the Artisan Development Centres of Specialisation Partnership between the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at Northlink TVET College, Wingfield Campus, Goodwood in Cape Town.

Media are invited as follows;

Event : Launch of the Artisan Development Centres of Specialisation Partnership between DHET and JICA
Date : Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Time : 14h00
Venue : Northlink TVET College – Wingfield, Goodwood, Cape Town.

In August 2015, the then Deputy President, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa visited Japan with the aim of establishing further cooperation between South Africa and Japan in the fields of information and technology, science and technology, as well as attracting essential skills in support of South Africa’s human resource development strategy.

Minister Pandor, will be joined by the Japanese Ambassador Designate to South Africa, Mr. Norio Maruyama as well as by the representatives of the Japanese International Cooperation, at the launch of this project.

The purpose of the project is to provide support for the Centres of Specialisation TVET Colleges with artisan development skills.

Following a due-diligence exercise, JICA decided to focus their support on the fitter and turner trades. The Tshwane South TVET College in Pretoria and the Northlink TVET College in Cape Town were identified as the JICA support project sites.

The duration of the support project will be until 2022 with a project management team established in both TVET Colleges to assist with the implementation of the project.

The project will provide training materials, train TVET College lecturers, and provide workplace learning and employment support for students.

Further support is as follows:

JICA to create a teaching model that will be spread to other Colleges by implementing new teaching methods aligned with the dual system Apprenticeship of the 21st Century (A21) model.
TVET College lecturers will be trained to use equipment by providing teaching materials and methods of fitting and turning. Soft skills training will be provided to staff to strengthen their performance.
Active learning will be implemented to equip students with the necessary job requirements through the development of soft skills workshops.
Linkages between the TVET Colleges and companies will be formed by creating an employment support room, involving the industrial sector. An employment data base for graduates will be created, the project also aims to change mindsets towards job hunting.
JICA will promote gender equality by raising awareness and creating opportunities for disadvantaged groups at the colleges and companies. They will provide support in learning, work base learning and in the workplace.

For RSVP’s, contact Mr Lehlohonolo Mphuthi, 012 312 5648; 061 985 9474; Mphuthi.L@dhet.gov.za

Enquiries

Lunga Ngqengelele
Media Liaison Officer
Ministry of Higher Education and Training

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