DEVELOPMENT: Big Boost for Skills Training
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The Eastern Cape is being given a skills boost through an investment in infrastructure at all the campuses of the Eastcape Midlands College amounting to approximately R177-m over a six year period.
This includes a new campus at Graaff-Reinet, the upgrading of the Grahamstown campus, new classrooms and new workshops in Uitenhage, according to Marketing and Communications Manager Elmari van der Merwe.
The biggest project is the new Graaff-Reinet campus, which will cost an estimated R126-million for the four-year building project.
Over R3,6-million is being invested in a fitting and machining workshop at the Charles Goodyear campus in Uitenhage, while eight classrooms are being added to the Uitenhage High Street campus, and an electrical/electronic workshop at the town’s Park Avenue campus.`
In Grahamstown, R5-million has been budgeted for the upgrading of the “Old Science Block”.
The investment by National Government in the Recapitalisation Programme is in response to a demand for skills from business and the public sector in all provinces, she says.
Student numbers are also growing rapidly.
“Further Education & Training (FET) colleges are fast losing the stigma of being a place for school drop-outs. We are also seeing more school-leavers enrolling as they realise the number of job opportunities available to those with practical skills,” she adds.
National Certificate Vocation (NCV) programmes (Levels 2 – 4) offered by the Eastcape Midlands College include Marketing, Office Administration, Finance, Economics & Accounting, Information Technology & Computer Science, Electrical Infrastructure Construction and Engineering & Related Design (Automotive Repair and Maintenance and Fitting & Turning).
New programmes to be introduced in 2009 are Tourism in Uitenhage and Safety in Society in Graaff-Reinet.
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