Higher Education and Training visits taxi rank

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A 30-year-old taxi driver King Mapatje, wishes that career paths information sessions should be taken closer to where communities live as part of accessing services provided by government.

The father of four who wakes up at 3am to shuttle passengers to work has appreciated the visit by the Ministry of Higher Education and Training: “Education is important for everyone and I`m happy that the Department wants young people to go to school in order to have brighter futures.”

One of the information seekers, who interacted with career advisors, Merriam Siwenane (20), says she wants to study electrical engineering at one of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges, but no one at home can pay for her studies.

Her mother who was a single parent passed away in 2011 and she was forced to financially rely on her married sisters until she completed Grade 12 in the 2014 academic year.

One of the career advisors encouraged her to register at one of the colleges in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, where the blitz awareness campaign which was led by the Director-General of the Ddepartment Mr Gwebinkundla Qonde took place at Denerboom taxi rank.

The main purpose of this public awareness campaign by the Department was to interact with the public and inform them about the Community Colleges that aim to expand the entire post- school education and training system – and opens the doors of learning to communities.

Programmes which are widely offered by Gauteng Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), colleges are: Information Technology and Computer Sciences, Tourism, Management, Electrical Infrastructure Construction, Civil Engineering and Building Construction and Education and Development – and most of them are designed to curb skills shortages.

The National Development Plan (NDP) has set a deadline for the government to produce 30 000 aArtisans by 2030 and to boost job creation.