Western Cape finalists and winners of the provincial leg of the WSSA (WorldSkills South Africa) competition were announced at a ceremony held at the College of Cape Town, Crawford Campus. The finalists and winners are from the provincial Public TVET Colleges, Private College students, industry apprentices and employees to represent who entered the national competition.
The event brought together the proud parents, academic staff, sponsors and students to celebrate the success of the top performing candidates in each of the skills area. The winners at the National Competition will represent South Africa at the international World Skills Competition in Abu Dhabi come October 2017.
The regional challenges saw 61 students under the age of 23 compete in 17 vocational skills areas. The two top performing students in each vocation will represent the Western Cape team. Participants competed in: Autobody Repair, AutobodyTechnology, Beauty Therapy, Bricklaying, Car Painting, CNC Turning, Cooking, Electrical Installations, Graphic Design, Hairdressing, IT Network Systems Administration, IT Software Solution for Business, Plumbing & Heating, Refrigeration & Air-conditioning, Restaurant Service, Web Design and Welding.
Mr Ebrahim Peters, Chairperson of Provincial Artisan Development Committee in the Western Cape, said in his address “Mr Mduduzi Manana, Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training launched WorldSkills South Africa in 2013, as part of the DHET’s drive to make Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and artisanal trades more attractive to the South African youth. This is the 2nd time that our province is participating, and I believe our team will go forward and make us proud. The calibre of the candidates and their commitment to this programme are admirable. Their achievement bears testimony to the dedication of our training staff, both from public and private entities who have too given so much of their time and knowledge to prepare the students who are here tonight.
The WorldSkills Competition provides numerous prospects for skills exchange, experience and technology innovation while raising awareness of the artisan sector and its career path possibilities for gainful employment.
More about the International World Skills Competition
The WorldSkills Competition is the flagship event, held every two years and is the biggest vocational education and skills competition event in the world that truly reflects global participation from young people in industry and training providers. The Competitors represent the best of their peers and are selected from WorldSkills skill competitions from member countries and regions. They are all under the age of 23 years, (except for 4 skills that have the age limit of 25). They demonstrate technical abilities both individually and collectively to execute specific tasks for which they are trained and /or perform in their workspace. One of the main legacies of the WorldSkills Competition is to give visibility and importance to practical vocational education and training, as one of the major vehicles for socioeconomic transformation. Visit http://www.worldskills.org/ for more information.