Dr. Bheki Mahlobo, Acting Deputy Director General for Community Education and Training (CET) Colleges in The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) together with Mr Sipho Musombuka, Provincial Manager of the Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA), visited the CETA Skills Centre that has been sponsored by the CETA at the Vredendal Campus of West Coast TVET College during May 2019.

The reason for this visit was to inspect and access the current utilisation of the Skills Centre and to discuss if there is any other possible expansion that could be taking place in with regards to the Skills Centre.
West Coast TVET College is currently utilising the Skill Centre for the provision of occupational directed skills development programmes at the Campus. The Centre consists of two classrooms, both of which are occupied by learners who are in the process of undergoing training relative to the Early Childhood Development (30 Learners) and Water and Waste Water Treatment Processes (26 Learners) Qualifications respectively.

“The Institution has been in discussion with the CETA to further extend the Skills Centre to include workshops for the practical simulation component for construction related training programmes. The plan is to establish 3 workshops which will focus on the following trades: Bricklaying, Carpentry and Plumbing,” said Andre Muller, Senior Occupational Manager at West Coast TVET College.

The College is also in discussions with the CET Directorate regarding possible collaborations in the future. “West Coast College is more than willing to support and with any collaboration with CET in respect of community development programmes that may arise in future,” says Rhazia Hamza, West Coast TVET College Deputy Principal: Innovation and Development