SA Government spends millions when it comes to skills development

The Department of Public Works has invested R32 million when it comes to the growth and development of vital skills intended for young people within the built environment sector.

Talking to the initial group of 100 students from the Northern Cape on their first day of the Northern Cape Artisan Development Programme at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA), Public Works Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu reminded those individuals gathered that: “It cost government R32 million to bring you into this programme.”


“The department can expect absolutely nothing less than achieving success from you. You will make or break this particular programme simply because our expectations rests on you to set the tempo for a lot of additional youngsters that will follow in your footsteps,” she explained.

Bogopane-Zulu at the same time emphasised that because of the Artisan Development Programme, her department was in fact performing favorably in order to make sure that government be successful with regard to its priorities of jobs creation and educational services by way of skills development.


The Northern Cape Artisan Development Programme happens to be an intake of 100 recognized students coming from the Northern Cape for the 18 months Artisan Development Programme which has been geared towards favorably making contributions to dealing with the challenges presented by the higher than average level of unemployment in South Africa, especially among the many youth consequently furnishing all of them with a chance to generate income in addition to obtaining technical skills that hopefully will boost their likelihood of employment, entrepreneurship as well as general development.


Following comprehensive deliberation with numerous stakeholders, the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) was recognized as the training provider for the programme that is designed to consist of 20 students within each one of the following learning areas: Boilermaking, Fitting and Turning, Mechanical, Electrical (in construction) and Welding.

The students will in addition go through a six-month theoretical training program and after that move forward to experiential training for a minimum of 12 months on learnership programme.


Contingent upon accessibility to financial resources, a number of additional learnerships will likely be performed in order to complete the four year artisan development programme.

Following on from the completion of the programme, NECSA is going to be the agent responsible for identifying at the very least 50 work place/ experiential learning opportunities.


The department is going to be given the task of determining additional 50 work placement for experiential learning.

Supplemental education and learning could possibly be identified which is to be offered at N4 level. This kind of training could possibly be carried out at the time of experiential learning and definitely will make it possible for students to leave together with complete artisan qualification.


The relevant skills development programme covers:

* Lodging and daily meals for 100 students
* National Skills Fund will take care of all education and learning associated expenses for instance such as training provider costs, assessment, moderation and certification
* Partial monthly payment of Learners allowances at R660 pp p/m for theoretical component.


Other expenses that will be taken care of by the National Department of Public Works include things like:

* Logistical fees for students screening and selection sessions
* Selection/promotional/ orientation resources
* Top up Stipends (R660 pp/ pm for theoretical component
* Learners allowance (R1200 pp/pm for the practical component)
* Transport expenditures during assessments
* Transportation fees back and forth to Pretoria

The education and learning programme is co-funded via the NDPW as well as the National Skills Fund (NSF) within the Northern Cape Department of Education. This kind of Artisan Development Programme will certainly make it possible for students to be able to leave equipped with full artisan qualifications and advanced practical skills.

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