South Africa students off to WorldSkills Olympics

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, have encouraged the South African WorldSkills team to make the country proud at the WorldSkills Olympics in Brazil in August.

The World Skills Olympics is a competition where different artisans compete and represent their countries in different crafts. The Olympics will run from the 11 to 16 August 2015.

The participants took part in the national WorldSkills competition in Cape Town 2014 to book their spot in the national team.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country is proud of the team.

“We are on a journey of skills development and today you are proof of that. I am immensely proud to see all of you here going to compete for our country in skills, the critical area that builds an economy and improves the lives of people, that ensures that the country moves forward.”

There was a jovial mood as the 21 artisans celebrated their accomplishment in making it in the team. The team consists of beauty therapists, Information Technology and Plumbing students from various Technical Vocational Education and Training colleges.

The objective is to make TVET Colleges and artisan careers more attractive to the youth.

“The main emphasis is to build, develop and expand an effective integrated post- school system so as to uplift the image of vocational skills and the quality of vocationally skilled individuals,” says Minister Nzimande.

Participating in the World Skills Olympics will give the 21 artisans an edge in their different fields.

Source: DHET News

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