Decade of the Artisan

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The CETA in partnership with the Department of Higher Education and Training held a ‘Decade of the Artisan’ event in Phalaborwa at the Mopani South East TVET College.

The slogan “It is cool to be a 21st century artisan” echoed through the college hall as thousands future artisans gathered to hear the message the Deputy Minister, Honourable Mduduzi Manana had prepared for them.

The high school learners went into complete silence as Deputy Minister Manana began his speech by highlighting that the country is in dire need of qualified artisans, he further explained that there are two different types of youth that are out of jobs, the unemployed and unemployable and he deduced that South Africa has a challenge with unemployable youth and that was the reason the Department of Education and Training was injecting elaborate funds into the vocational training space.

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Walkabout: Deputy Minister Manana and members of the CETA Accounting Authority

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Words of encouragement: Mr Raymond Cele, Chairperson of the CETA Accounting Authority

“A qualified engineer needs six artisans by his/her side before he/she can do any job. We need more   qualified artisans” said the Honourable Deputy Minister Manana.

He further encouraged the learners to choose TVET colleges as they are good enough to produce the skills that the country needs.