The SD4GE together with the DSPP participates in the 9th Pan African TVET Colleges Conference
The International Association of Colleges (IAC) in Southern Africa hosted the 9th Pan African TVET Colleges Conference in Cape Town, South Africa on the 18-19 October 2018, focused on the theme, “Educating for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)”. The conference was attended by 130 stakeholders from TVET and FET Colleges, representatives from Industry, National Government and Academia as well as representatives from the international community.
Minister Naledi Pandor of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), opened the conference, with a keynote address highlighting South Africa’s commitment to modernising and strengthening TVET College contributions to skills development in the country. She was emphatic that TVET Colleges should be increasingly enterprising, forward thinking and innovative if they are to ensure learners are better prepared for the skills required for the 4IR.
Deliberations and discussions throughout the two days highlighted various factors critical for artisan development for the 4IR, including important partnerships with industry, the value of mentorship, exploring pathways to employability for technical occupations, etc, amongst others.
The Skills Development for a Green Economy II (SD4GE II) is a programme that supports the South African Government through GIZ on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. The intention is to create a sustainable basis for cooperation between public and industry stakeholders in employment oriented, vocational education and training in South Africa. Team members of the SD4GE II programme attended the conference together with the DHET’s manager for the Dual System Pilot Project (DSPP), Mrs Nalinee Soobramoney. The team hosted an exhibition stand to show case the SD4GE II programme, highlighting key dual occupational training initiatives supported as well as sharing information and main insights gained from the support of the DSPP in the four pilot TVET Colleges in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.