West Coast TVET College has always envisioned itself to be an institution responsive to skills development and to produce students that are employable, entrepreneurial, and achieve academic success in Higher Education.

Vredenburg campus has proven to be the center for hope and excellence for Mariska Coetzee, the college’s first certified Boilermaker.

The former Weston High School student was born in Laaiplek and raised in Laingville, St Helena Bay.

Mariska says: “After completing Matric, I was not sure what to do or where to start; and took a gap year. The only thing I had in mind was to be an Architect.”

She was encouraged by her friends who were studying at West Coast TVET College at the time into furthering her studies through the college.

Being the only female among five male students, Mariska says: “In the beginning because I knew nothing, I was scared about working with steel. But when I got used to it, I did it even better than some of my male peers.”

She draws pride on being certified as the first female Boilermaker from the West Coast TVET College after completing and passing the Trade test on 12 September 2020.

She says: “In this world, woman should never underestimate themselves. You can do whatever you set your mind to. I would like to encourage young people out there, that West Coast College is the place to be, your success lies here and it is education at your doorstep.”

Mariska proudly thanks the West Coast College staff for the role they played in her reaching her goal.