Western Cape finalists and winners of the provincial leg of the WSSA (WorldSkills South Africa) competition were announced at a ceremony held at the College of Cape Town, Crawford Campus. The finalists and winners are from the provincial Public TVET Colleges, Private College students, industry apprentices and employees to represent who entered the national competition.
The event brought together the proud parents, academic staff, sponsors and students to celebrate the success of the top performing candidates in each of the skills area. The winners at the National Competition will represent South Africa at the international World Skills Competition in Abu Dhabi come October 2017.
The regional challenges saw 61 students under the age of 23 compete in 17 vocational skills areas. The two top performing students in each vocation will represent the Western Cape team. Participants competed in: Autobody Repair, Autobody Technology, Beauty Therapy, Bricklaying, Car Painting, CNC Turning, Cooking, Electrical Installations, Graphic Design, Hairdressing, IT Network Systems Administration, IT Software Solution for Business, Plumbing & Heating, Refrigeration & Air-conditioning, Restaurant Service, Web Design and Welding.
Mr Ebrahim Peters, Chairperson of Provincial Artisan Development Committee in the Western Cape, said in his address “Mr Mduduzi Manana, Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training launched WorldSkills South Africa in 2013, as part of the DHET’s drive to make Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and artisanal trades more attractive to the South African youth. This is the 2nd time that our province is participating, and I believe our team will go forward and make us proud. The calibre of the candidates and their commitment to this programme are admirable. Their achievement bears testimony to the dedication of our training staff, both from public and private entities who have too given so much of their time and knowledge to prepare the students who are here tonight.”
The WorldSkills Competition provides numerous prospects for skills exchange, experience and technology innovation while raising awareness of the artisan sector and its career path possibilities for gainful employment.