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FOCUS Pinelands Campus: Electrical Engineering Athlone Campus: Mechanical Engineering Centres of Specialisation: Motor Mechanics and Plumbing

professions in South Africa include Software Development, Network and Information Security, Web Development, Management Skills, Financial Skills, Engineering, Education and Training Professionals and Artisans. The College of Cape Town for TVET is responding to most of them by offering relevant programmes. The Crawford Campus has a well-established Early Childhood Development Faculty offering the best training and courses. Thornton Campus has a newly built state-of-the-art Welding Academy, equipped with the latest equipement and technology, and is positioned to offer international welding qualifications.

Niche areas: • Early Childhood Development • Information and Communication Technologies • Electrical Engineering.

Goals The College’s key strategic goals for 2020 are to maintain ministerial programme enrolment and to grow the occupational programme and short skills programmes. The College is committed to broadening entrepreneurship awareness and capabilities. Growth areas will be in Early Childhood Development, Electrical Engineering and Information and Communication Technology. More SETA Learnerships and Skills Programmes are planned, as well as QCTO programmes and Apprencticeship programmes. The College’s six strategic goals are: • Grow academic excellence • Expand student support • Develop leadership, governance and organisational performance • Develop an enabling environment • Drive transformation and build partnerships.

Partnerships The College has a special relationship with the the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Service SETA (merSETA), which recently funded the Welding Training Centre. The College has many partnerships in place with the private sector, particularly for Workplace Based Learning or exposure. Most of these partnerships have been formualised through MoUs lodged with the Linkages and Programmes Unit (LPU) in support Occupational Programme development and delivery. A campaign has been launched to grow the partnership base in the following areas: student placements (internships and work-based exposure), apprenticeships, skills training, course design and workplace mentorship. The College has good relations with industry associations. Several projects have been run with youth development agencies such as the Youth Empowerment Service (YES). The College works closely with various government agencies both nationally and regionally. These include the City of Cape Town, the Premier’s Office and the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the Western Cape Education Department and the Department of Labour. ■

Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurial courses and incubator programmes are available. These are the steps students should take to become an entrepreneur: • Know the industry or niche • Research the market • Educate yourself to become an entrepreneur • Build the business slowly.

Scarce skills The Sector Education and Training Authorities for each sector generate the Critical and Scarce Skills list nationally. In the Western Cape, note is also taken of local labour force realities in terms of demand and supply of skills. A TVET College must keep abreast of the labour market needs via partnerships and involvement with agencies and the Chambers of Commerce. Some of the top scarce skills and

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