Pipe Fitter apprentices kick start CoS Programme

Another aspired group of apprentices in Pipe Fitter recently kick started their artisanship journey with Mopani South East Technical and Vocational Education and Training (MSE TVET) College as part of the College’s Centre of Specialization (CoS) Programme. This becomes the second group of the CoS intake after the first cohort commenced with their Diesel Mechanic Programme early this academic year.

As the first phase of the CoS Programme these 30 young apprentices were officially welcomed and attended induction at MSE TVET’s Sir Val Duncan Campus (Namakgale) on Monday, 3 June 2019. This is where their theoretical component will be offered.

The CoS training, which is similar to the dual system programme intends to bridge the skills gap, came its realization after this institutions was certified by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) among other 50 TVET Colleges to offer the CoS in two trades, namely Pipe Fitter and Diesel Mechanic. MSE TVET College proud itself to be the only TVET College approved to offer two these specialized training whereas Sekhukhune TVET College offers only Carpentry within Limpopo Province.
The aforesaid apprentices will be trained in a block realize approach between this learning institution (training provider), wherein they will complete the theoretical training, and Lepelle Northern Water (lead employer), for the practical component for the duration of three years.

In addressing this new group apprentice during the induction, Sir Val Duncan Campus Manager, Mr Mabuza Jafta welcomed them and continuously encouraged them to roll-up their sleeves and work tirelessly during this brand new programme.

“This programme is designed to prepare you for the workplace and/or your self-employment. It is critical that your focus be on acquiring as much skills as possible in pipe-fitting from the lecturers and also during your stay at the lead employer.” remarked Mr Mabuza“

The Campus Manager also thanked Lepelle Northern Water Board for a close working partnership with the College. “I thank you for your willingness to place our students in your organization. Without your assistance and inputs, our students would not be getting opportunities to learn new skills in different trades. Upon completing their qualification, our students are already ready for workplace environment and that is thanks to you and other industries in our vicinity” said Mabuza.

One of the Pipe Fitter apprentices, Ennie Mandzama said she was happy to be part of this programme and she willing to learn as much as she can during her stay at this College.

College Spokesperson, Ms Given Sebashe said that the programme is important for the College as it seeks to train artisans for trades that are in demand, to place the Colleges in a better partnership with local employers, to build a better apprenticeship system and to lay a foundation for College differentiation.

“We wish to thank all the partners (employers) who willingly opened their doors to afford these aspiring youth an opportunity to train in their space. We truly appreciate the partnership,” said Sebashe.

In March, the Diesel Mechanic apprentices commenced with their programme and are currently alternating between the College and different employers namely, Great North Transport, LA Crushers, Palabora Mining Company, PP Mare, Dreyer Earthworks and Skoon Maker.