THE impact of the industry on PE College in creating Jobs through Workplace Based Exposure were a high issue on the agenda at an industry breakfast on Thursday 28 August 2014, at Elizabeth Place, Pickering Street, Port Elizabeth Friday.
PE College would like to thank their partners who attended the business breakfast and in the same way show gratitude to host Employers who are accommodating graduates for workplace based experiential training.
We are proud to announce that we have placed 138 Students in industry in 2013 and 385 students in 2014
Our theme this year focusses on “Every Workplace, a Learning Space. This is in line with the theme of the Department of Higher Education and Training – “Together, turning every work space into a training space”.
The Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Manana, has declared this the Decade of the Artisan and Port Elizabeth College in its attempts to uphold this declaration are committed to ensure that our youth are equipped with the necessary skills to enter the labour market of our country and abroad. This also being in support of the Minister of Higher Education and Training’s performance agreement with the President of the country (Outcome 5) with the following strategic objectives:
A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path.
Strategic Goal 1: Increase the number of skilled youthby expanding access to education and training for the youth.
Strategic Goal 2: Adequately capacitated individual institutionsfor effective provision or facilitation of learning
Strategic Goal 3: Increase the number of students successfully entering the labour market upon completion of training.
Strategic Goal 5: A college curriculumthat is responsive to the demands of the market place and can transform and adapt quickly and effectively to changing skills needs, with a special emphasis on artisan training.
Guest Speaker at the occasion Mr Chris Murray (Technical advisor: Joint Education Trust) thought that having industry and education partners sitting at one table is exciting but most of all supported the roles that each one plays. He elaborated in his presentation on given facts that over 3.4 million of the country’s young people between the ages of 15 and 24 are not in employment, education or training. He further stated that projections show that if average annual economic growth were to rise to 5%, unemployment amongst 15-24 year olds would be around 44% and 31% by 2020 and 2030 respectively.
Mr Mandla Madwara President of Nelson Mandela Business Chaimber commended PE College on this initiative and encouraged them to claim their space in industry. He stressed that there is a huge shortage of artisans therefore encouraging the PE College to hone in on artisan development opportunities and workforce giving interns the opportunity to practice their skills. He stated that there must be a coherent teamwork effort between industry and the Colleges.
We want to thank all our host employers from industry, be it in the engineering field, commerce or services sector, for walking this road with us in ensuring that our young people become more employable. Your commitment to make your workspaces available to our learners, whether it is for observation or actual participation in the workforce, is much appreciated.
PE College were honoured with special guests Kholiswa Makalima Municipal Director: HR Transformations Services, Mr Mandla Madwara President of Nelson Mandela Business, Duayne Adams: Chairperson College Council’ and acting Principal Khaya Matiso
To our potential and future partners, we look forward to a long lasting relationship with you.