TVET College launches furniture making course

The furniture production course to be delivered at False Bay College has been temporarily postponed.

30 unemployed youths were selected from Khayelitsha to form part of the first intake of students to learn and develop their skills in all aspects of furniture production. The second intake of 20 unemployed youth will be in June 2015.

This important programme will herald co-operation between False Bay College and the Fibre Processing & Manufacturing (FP&M) SETA together with industry partners to develop urgently needed skills in this sector. It will also help alleviate the high rate of youth unemployment and generate job and entrepreneurial opportunities for the broader economy.

The partnership is the direct outcome of a Career Guidance Expo held for the Youth of Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha which was hosted by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, in April 2014 in which he announced the availability of funding for training guided through the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) Discretionary grants.

The FP&M elected to partner with False Bay College to deliver the furniture making qualification to at its Westlake Campus for the unemployed beneficiaries. Under the auspices of the centre, a 12 month programme, divided into equal time for theoretical and practical learning, will focus on the machining and production of furniture.

The Programme will increase access to training and skills development opportunities and improve productivity in the economy as per the guidelines set out in the NSDS III. These are:

• Increase access to training and skills development opportunities;
• Transform inequalities linked to race, class, gender, age and disability;
• Address the challenges of skills shortages and mismatches;
• Improve productivity in the economy; and
• Increase the focus on skills development linked to rural development

We invite furniture making companies to partner with us in this wonderful initiative and learn more about the programme at an Information Sharing Breakfast at our Westlake Campus on Thursday, 19 February 2015.

This exciting event will take place from 7.30am-10.00am. The presentation will start promptly at 08.00am and will be followed by a brief tour of our training facility.


If you would like to join us for this event, please RSVP to Khanyisa Lubambo, or 021 003 0587 by 13 February to facilitate arrangements.

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