PROCESS PLANT OPERATIONS

Matshidiso Hazel Khobela and Innocentia Maseko are two Process Plant Operations students on the Kwa Thema Campus of Ekurhuleni East TVET College.

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INTRODUCING THE CENTRES OF SPECIALISATION (CoS)

Increasingly in the world today, and especially in South Africa with its skills shortage, what will make for success in the workplace is not WHAT or WHO you know but what you can DO with what you know.

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TVET ICT CONFERENCE

READY…. GET SET….GO…! EEC TOP PERFORMING LECTURERS ATTEND INTERNATIONAL TVET ICT CONFERENCE IN CAPE TOWN TO LEARN HOW TO USE ICT TO ENHANCE TEACHING AND LEARNING IN A MODERN CLASSROOM

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EEC CHOIR DOES IT AGAIN !

20 and 21 May were indeed proud days for Ekurhuleni East TVET College in the COSACSA Arts and Culture competition held on the Vereeniging campus of Sedibeng College.

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Ms HM Sibande

Unqualified Audit

In response to this announcement, EEC Principal, Ms HM Sibande, said: "i wish to express my appreaciation to the College Council, the Management Team, our excellent internal Audit Unit and all the staff who have worked very hard to make this "Unqualified audit with no findings" a reality for EEC.

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Gauteng Foundry Training Centre

Gauteng Foundry

The Gauteng Foundry Training Centre which is based on our own Kwa-Thema campus, is the only one of its kind in South Africa where Melters, Moulders and Patternmakers can be trained. Skilled artisans are required to manufacture

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Celinkosi Godgift Ndlovu

One of our Star Students

Celinkosi Godgift Ndlovu (17), a Level 2 Electrical Engineering student, has amazed his lecturers and family by building a radio quite literally from scratch! Housed in a Bakers Lemon Creams biscuit cardboard box,

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Dual System Pilot Project

Dual System Pilot Project

EEC is one of only four TVET Colleges in South Africa to be selected to run a Dual System Pilot Project (DSPP) for two trades (Electrical and Plumbing) under the expert guidance of facilitators from the German Association

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Skills Development Centre

This is a partnership of the Department of Higher Education and Training with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services (merSETA).The academy aims to provide training to skills development to the youth of the

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SRC Students show their care!

“As an educational institution, an important aspect of our mandate is to instil a sense of community in our students and help them to grow to be caring and responsible citizens.” It is for this reason that EEC has

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Internation Partnerships

International Partnerships

In the past week Ekurhuleni East TVET College has hosted delegates from both Japan and Germany who are interested in forming close working relationships with TVET Colleges in South Africa.

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Women's Day

A Special day for the Ladies!

It really was good to be a woman on the EEC staff when the College management hosted a Women’s Day celebration to promote team spirit and a sisterhood among all the women who are employed at the College.

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PROCESS PLANT OPERATIONS – A QUALIFICATION FOR THE FUTURE!

The average person in the street probably has only a very vague idea at best as to what a qualification in Process Plant Operations involves. Advances in technology and industrial expansion, however, are going to make this an increasingly crucial qualification. The recent outbreak of listeriosis has given the whole country a scary foretaste of just what can happen when Process Plant operations are not competently implemented or rigorously applied.

What do Process Plant Operators do?
Matshidiso Hazel Khobela and Innocentia Maseko are two Process Plant Operations students on the Kwa Thema Campus of Ekurhuleni East TVET College. As Innocentia explains it: A qualification in Process Plant Operations essentially trains one in how to work in any factory which runs a process plant i.e. the manufacture or production of paper, beer, food, colddrinks, sweets… Coca-Cola, McCains, SA Breweries, Sappi etc all have different processes. So as a student you would learn how to set up a process, maintain it and ensure that it is functional. Once employed as a Process Plant Operator, it is your job to oversee the process and ensure it runs smoothly. It is your responsibility to control, maintain and monitor it. You have to take samples to check that these are within specifications. You need an intimate knowledge of the process and the machinery because production costs are very high and any interruption of these can be extremely costly.

What made you choose Process Plant Operations as a career?
Matshidiso Hazel Khobela and Innocentia Maseko are two Process Plant Operations students on the Kwa Thema Campus of Ekurhuleni East TVET College Matshidiso knew after five years working as a Financial Administrator with an Educational Training company, that finance was not for her! Researching other career possibilities, she was struck by the wide variety of employment opportunities and options which a qualification in Process Plant Operations offered. She became intrigued with finding out how things were manufactured. Studying this course at Ekurhuleni East TVET College became a viable option for her because she believed that students with this qualification would have an advantage over Matrics straight out of school, when it came to applying for a position.

What are some of the challenges you have faced in your studies and what do you find most satisfying about this occupation?
Strangely enough, it is lack of public awareness, even among some companies, about what we have to offer and what is involved. Some people even think it has to do with planting and agriculture! Companies need to be made more aware of this training. The ideal would be constant interaction with companies and a building up of close contacts so that students can gain as much exposure as possible to the equipment. We do have a Work-based Experience period but I think it would be better if this was longer. It is becoming a course which is more popular among women – maybe because many of them like to be thorough! Certainly being precise and thorough must be important to you. You also have to be able to do calculations.

Who has been most helpful to you on your career path to date? How did they help you?
We are blessed at Ekurhuleni East TVET College to have GREAT lecturers We are blessed at Ekurhuleni East TVET College to have GREAT lecturers who know what happens in the industry. Ms Sello, Mr Malaka, Mr Majoe, Mr Malema and Mr Mokone have all come from the industry and so they are able to relate to what happens there and prepare us for the workplace. They give us a real picture of what it is like and how resilient we have to be. This is from people who have found their calling in lecturing at a TVET College so we have exposure to up-to-date methods and technology. In fact one of our lecturers, Mr Nampe Majoe, has just recently been invited to present a paper at an international congress on Progress Safety in Orlando, Florida in the United States.

What are the entrance requirements and how long does this course take?
You have to have passed Grade 9 and be good at Maths and Science. Maths and Physical Science are your major subjects. It is a National Certificate (Vocational) course which takes three years. In our College it is only offered on the Kwa-Thema Campus.

What are your subjects?
Maths
Physical Science
English
Pulp and Paper Making
Process Technology
Process Control
Life Orientation

Classes run from 8:00 to 15:00 every day. Lots of it is practical in that we have to carry out experiments in the Physical Science workshop and also have a day a week in the machinery workshops. I would like to see us having more exposure to the industry though so we can become familiar with the most current equipment. Ideally 40% of the course should be theoretical and 60% practical.

Where could you be employed on completing a Process Plant Operations qualification?
We could work in any factory where there is a manufacturing process. There is a wide variety of options e.g. in the petrochemical industry (e.g. Sasol), in pulp and paper making (e.g. Sappi and Impact), with food and beverages, in the mining industry or in waterworks. We will have been trained in the basic components that go into the industry and in industrial competency tests.

What qualities do you think you need to be successful in this field?
I do think it is a demanding career and have to be prepared to work long hours. You have to be resilient and, as a woman, I think be prepared to prove yourself. It does have physical sides to it, in that you may have to move pumps etc. You do have to be someone who is meticulous and thorough because taking short cuts can be very, very costly, or even crippling for a company. You must be reliable and responsible and be able to establish good working relations with others, be able to work on a team.

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INTRODUCING THE CENTRES OF SPECIALISATION (CoS) PROGRAMME AT TVET COLLEGES

Increasingly in the world today, and especially in South Africa with its skills shortage, what will make for success in the workplace is not WHAT or WHO you know but what you can DO with what you know.

Many young people struggle to find employment because they do not have the skills which the industry needs. A lack of skills also causes tremendous losses in terms of cost, quality and time. If you can equip yourself with the skills which the industries in your area need, you can always be sure of having a job. This is why the Department of Higher Education and Training, together with the 50 TVET Colleges in this country, have identified 13 priority trades to train students in the skills which are in demand by the industry. On the accompanying map you can see which skills have been prioritized in your area. That means that there is a TVET College there which will be offering training in this field, in close partnership and collaboration with the industries.

What you learn in classes at the TVET College will be what your future employers want you to know because the curriculum has been drawn up by industry experts. You will also have plenty of simulated practice in the workshops and work experience in the industry itself during your training. All apprentices enrolled in the CoS Programme will get practical training and work experience. No more learning of outdated theory that is not going to help you to do the job competently! Many young people think that they have to get a university degree in order to make themselves employable. But a degree does not always equip you for a job in the way that apprenticeship training can do. DHET bursaries administered by NSFAS also make it possible for financially needy, capable students to have a quality, affordable education, provided they pass all their subjects and attend all their classes. Being a doctor or engineer might sound smart but only a limited number of students every year are going to qualify to become doctors or engineers. There are lots of opportunities now to become welders, boilermakers, electricians, fitters and turners and plumbers. Why don’t you investigate what Centre of Specialisation is available at a TVET College in your area? You can be sure that that will be for a trade which is in demand in your area. By doing that you could be taking your first step right now towards making yourself employable and ensuring that you will always have a job.

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RECENTLY LAUNCHED ‘FIRST THINGS FIRST’ CAMPAIGN ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO MAKE THEIR SEXUAL HEALTH THEIR FIRST PRIORITY.

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Ekurhuleni East TVET College hosted the launch of the First Things First campaign spearheaded by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and HEAIDS on the College Daveyton campus.
With slogans such as “Man up! Raise your finger”, “Make your health your first priority”, “Take responsibility to know your health status”, “Raise your finger.  Get tested” and “Test today. Own your Tomorrow”, the First Things First campaign aims to encourage students to mitigate the impact of HIV, TB and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) through regular testing and screening.

The HIV testing is painless, involving only a finger prick test, free and confidential.  Pre- and post-test counseling is offered by qualified personnel. An initiative of the Deputy Minister of Education, Mr Mduduzi Manana, the First Things First campaign aims to reach the more than 400 campuses of 76 universities and TVET Colleges countrywide.

The Principal of the College, Ms Happy Sibande stated:  “Our students, particularly our female students, have never needed such an intervention, as much as they do now.  They are our future yet statistics prove that it is they who are most at risk of infection during this pivotal period of their lives.  The national HIV infection rate peaks at the age of 25 with the prevalence among South African women nearly twice as high as men of the same age.  This campaign aims to reduce the spread of HIV infections within our sector and in the broader community. 

To know one’s HIV status is the basis of caring for oneself, one’s loved ones and the broader community.  Through supporting First Things First, EEC wishes to instill a habit of regular testing and screening in our young people and encourage them to adopt a lifestyle of health-seeking behavior.”

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EKURHULENI EAST TVET COLLEGE CHOIR DOES IT AGAIN AT THE COSACSA ARTS AND CULTURE COMPETITION!

20 and 21 May were indeed proud days for Ekurhuleni East TVET College in the COSACSA Arts and Culture competition held on the Vereeniging campus of Sedibeng College. The day started off well when one of our star students, Queen Velaphi was placed first in her poetry section. She will now represent Gauteng in the National competition which will be held in Richards Bay. Queen has been an asset to EEC, both as a Dux student and when she served ably on the SRC as the Deputy President.
It was also a special and exciting thrill when both our female and male choirs scooped the top award in each of the categories in which they participated with the Female Choir being awarded 78% and the Male Choir 79%. They then went on to gain first place with a score of 78% for their Western/English piece, Rejoice O Judah in the Mixed Choir category. This means that the whole EEC choir will be represented in the National COSACSA competition in KZN from 30 June to 2 July 2017. We trust that they will continue to keep the flag of Ekurhuleni East TVET College flying high!

Competition was stiff and the adjudicators, Mr Thabang Sedibe and Mr Kananelo Sehau bring with them years of expertise and experience in competitive singing and the development of choral music both in South Africa and abroad.

As the Principal, Ms Happy Sibande commented: “It is always an utter joy to hear the harmonious voices of our young people raised in song whether it is a traditional piece like Thula s’thandwa sam or a Western one. We are especially proud of our College choir, who have won numerous competitions in the past, including the COSACSA one for several years running. The College management is very appreciative of the efforts of the SSS Officers, Ms N Shiburi, Mr SM Lequele and Ms B More as well as our outstanding Conductor, Mr Langa Zikode for all the guidance and encouragement they have given to our students. I would also like to make special mention of two of our Level 4 SRC members: Ms Lebogang Dyum and Mr Carlos Chongo for all their passion, hard work and commitment in making these prestigious awards a reality for our College Choir”.

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“UNQUALIFIED AUDIT WITH NO FINDINGS”

Ekurhuleni East TVET College was singled out at a national meeting as being the first TVET College in the country to be given a “green” unqualified audit with no findings from the Auditor-General. The auditing of all TVET Colleges is a process which started three years ago in 2014. To be given an unqualified audit was especially gratifying because this was the first AGSA audit the College had ever undergone and the Auditor-General’s standards are very exacting.

The Principal, Ms Happy Sibande, ascribed part of the positive outcome to the fully functional Internal Audit Unit and Risk Management Office which has been established at the College. Not only did they ensure that Internal Audit findings were continually addressed but also greatly assisted in the service delivery of the College by monitoring the operation of all internal controls. Ms Sibande also paid tribute to the College Council and Management team at EEC. Undoubtedly what had been of great assistance was the climate of honest, robust and fearless engagement which prevailed at the College. Both the College Council and Management had engaged with one another consistently, in order to determine the best Way Forward.

They responded to all the identified challenges with strategic interventions. It was this continual involvement, consistent monitoring and strategic intervention which had brought the institution to this point. The AGSA has certainly set a very high auditing benchmark and it is the hope of all involved with EEC that these standards will be maintained and even improved upon, in the future.

Foundry centre for Gauteng

The Gauteng Foundry Training Centre which is based on our own Kwa-Thema campus, is the only one of its kind in South Africa where Melters, Moulders and Patternmakers can be trained. Skilled artisans are required to manufacture the iron parts that are used in industry e.g. car manifolds, axel shafts, bearing brackets or drag lines. This is the work of Melters, Moulders and Patternmakers.

The Foundry Manager, Mr Errol Beling, brings with him years of experience and expertise in the Patternmaking industry, having started his career as an apprentice Patternmaker in 1986. He was latterly a Training Officer in Patternmaking before accepting the post to head the Gauteng Foundry Training Centre at EEC.

The Gauteng Foundry Training Centre is accredited by the QCTO as a Decentralised Trade Test Centre. This means that, as well as being able to conduct trade tests, we can also offer students and the industry the necessary training on the relevant modules for Melting, Moulding and Patternmaking and assist students to prepare for their accredited trade test.

This is just one of the ways in which the Ekurhuleni East TVET College is playing a crucial role in addressing the skills shortage in South Africa and promoting the notion among our students that it is “cool to be a 21st century artisan”.


ONE OF OUR STAR STUDENTS

Celinkosi Godgift Ndlovu (17), a Level 2 Electrical Engineering student, has amazed his lecturers and family by building a radio quite literally from scratch! Housed in a Bakers Lemon Creams biscuit cardboard box, the radio can be switched on and off and picks up reception on various radio stations.

Wishing to make a gift for his grandparents, Godgift started the project with only a circuit diagram and plenty of confidence! He experimented with and adapted the various other components he managed to collect, including a homemade aerial, until he got the radio to work.

Godgift has great plans for himself when he completes his studies: “In the future I would like to see myself making electrical toys, radios and computers. I love working with my hands and hope to own my own business one day. I think my secret is that I learn from books and practising. I have also built a fan using an adapted radio motor as well as a charger for a phone”.

It is very surprising to hear that this gifted young man failed Grade 10 at school! His life has taken a new turn though since he enrolled at the EEC Kwa-Thema Engineering campus. He is finding a niche for himself in the market and doing what he enjoys, which bodes well for his future. He intends completing Level 4 and subsequently N6 in Electrical Infrastructure. Enrolling at a TVET College was the really right decision for him.

The Principal of the College, Ms Happy Sibande, commented that it was very heartening to see how the TVET College model of vocational education, which combines both theoretical and practical learning, can benefit young people. The Kwa-Thema Campus Manger, Mr G Esterhuizen agrees: “We are very proud of Godgift. He took what he had been taught in class and using his own initiative, created something on his own. He was not shown how to do this by any of the lecturers but he applied his theoretical knowledge. I foresee his ability to ‘think out of the box’ as being a great asset to him as a future entrepreneur”.


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Dual System Pilot Project (DSPP)

EEC is one of only four TVET Colleges in South Africa to be selected to run a Dual System Pilot Project (DSPP) for two trades (Electrical and Plumbing) under the expert guidance of facilitators from the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ). This Dual System Apprenticeship training model is new to South Africa but has already been applied with great success in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It is hoped that over a period, it will transform apprenticeship training in this country.

The Dual System is based on the belief that students learn best by having the theoretical knowledge they obtain from a TVET College, reinforced at regular intervals by real-life work experience and training in a structured workplace environment. Over a period of three years students alternate between theory classes at the College and hands-on experience with their Host Employer in block periods of between eight and fourteen weeks. In the workplace students are mentored by a Project Manager, specifically assigned to provide structured training on the focal areas specified in the Training Schedule. 70% of the students’ overall training period is spent with their mentoring host companies. On completing the programme, they sit for the revised A21 Trade Test. All training is based on the QCTO occupational qualification for electricians and plumbers so it is fully accredited.

The electrical DSPP was launched recently at EEC and the first twenty-five students have already been placed with their host companies where they will gain invaluable work-based exposure. The plumbing DSPP is scheduled for early 2017. All facilitators are fully qualified and training also takes place in the College state-of-the-art workshops so that students are familiar with the machinery when they go into the workplace. Apprentices for this pilot project are selected from a pool of NCV Level 3 and Level 4 students currently enrolled at the participating TVET Colleges. The Lead Employer (SACCI) is responsible for the students’ stipends, annual medical assessments and Trade Test fees, as well as providing students with a standard electrician’s or plumber’s toolbox

The Principal of EEC, Ms Happy Sibande, emphasised the significance of the dual aspect of this system. Without the crucial participation of the hosting companies, it would not be possible to offer a vocational artisan programme such as this. It is the preparation for the workplace and offering specifically a quality vocational education which sets a TVET College apart from a school. The College is particularly appreciative of the support offered by all the host companies who assist by taking students for either short periods of work-based learning or up to eighteen and twenty-four month internships. EEC’s partnerships with the relevant companies enabled the College to place all twenty-five students selected for the programme in the workplace


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Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Academy

This is a partnership of the Department of Higher Education and Training with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services (merSETA).The academy aims to provide training to skills development to the youth of the community and also provide new career and entrepreneurial opportunities.All students will qualify for study grants from merSETA and will be trained by facilitators at the Ekurhuleni East TVET College at no cost.

The academy is accredited by merSETA, therefore students will graduate from the course with a recognised qualification. “This is a great addition to our course offerings at the college. “We are pleased to be part of Samsung’s initiative and look forward to seeing the students succeed,” says Helen Sibande, principal at the Ekurhuleni TVET College. The first 20 students have been identified and awarded study grants; this number is expected to rise over the next year.

“At Samsung, part of our strategy is to focus on improving education in line with the mission to improve people’s lives and create a better society,” says Pitso Kekana, Head of Public Affairs and Corporate Citizenship, Samsung Africa. “Our goal is to reach a point where most of our products in Africa are developed on the continent, and the starting point for this is to offer access to the necessary training. “This is why we are excited to be launching the Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Academy, which we hope will help develop a very necessary set of skills among the youth,” says Kekana.


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EEC SRC STUDENTS SHOW THEIR CARING SIDE!

As the Principal of EEC, Ms Happy Sibande, explains: "As an educational institution, an important aspect of our mandate is to instil a sense of community in our students and help them to grow to be caring and responsible citizens." It is for this reason that EEC has been actively involved over a number of years, in various projects as part of the College Community Awareness Outreach Programme and most recently, it was the chance of the C.H.A.N.C.E Children’s Home in Dunnottar

Driven by the SRC and with the encouragement and support of the College management, the students recently paid the home a visit to deliver clothing which had been donated by the students on all five campuses. In response to an appeal by C.H.A.N.C.E, the College management sponsored a donation of over R20 000 worth of student bags and stationery to assist with the children’s education.

C.H.A.N.C.E caters for children of all ages from new-borns to 18 year olds. The students involved stated that they viewed the experience as an opportunity to give back to the community, in appreciation for the ‘second chances’ which some of them had received. The most joyous part for them was the interaction which they had with the children and the soccer game which was played with the older ones.

As part of another community awareness project EEC NC(V) Level 4 Civil and Engineering students and Electrical Infrastructure Construction students built a two-bedroomed house as their final year practical project, under the guidance of their lecturers. Various furnishings and building materials were either donated by College staff and students or sponsored by businesses in the community. The fully-furnished two-bedroomed home was donated to a child-headed family.

It has also become an established tradition to host a senior citizens’ luncheon for the elderly members of the community, many of whom are the grandparents of students. Served and entertained by members of the College staff, the lively music never fails to lure a number of guests onto the floor where they show that, although they might be getting on in years, they nonetheless have a spring in their step!

Whether it is in facilitating potentially monumental changes in the lives of some people, as with the housing project, or trying to make a difference to someone’s future, as with the learning materials or just brightening someone’s day, as with the senior citizens’ luncheon, the management and Council of EEC continually try to live out the Batho Pele principle which is part of the College vision and instil an awareness of this in the students.


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All the way from Japan and Germany

In the past week Ekurhuleni East TVET College has hosted delegates from both Japan and Germany who are interested in forming close working relationships with TVET Colleges in South Africa.

With the only Foundry in Gauteng and the Samsung Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Academy, both located on the Kwa-Thema campus, EEC has been identifi ed as a potential College with which to forge a meaningful business partnership.

EEC was also selected as one of four TVET Colleges in South Africa to run a Dual System Pilot Project (DSPP) for two trades (Electrical and Plumbing) under the guidance of the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ).This Dual System Apprenticeship training model is new to South Africa but has already been applied with great success in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Under this system students spend up to 70% of their training period in the workplace itself. The theoretical training they receive at the College is continually integrated and reinforced with practical application in the workplace. Students alternate between the College and the workplace in block periods of between eight and fourteen weeks throughout their traning period.


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All the way from Japan and Germany

In the past week Ekurhuleni East TVET College has hosted delegates from both Japan and Germany who are interested in forming close working relationships with TVET Colleges in South Africa.

With the only Foundry in Gauteng and the Samsung Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Academy, both located on the Kwa-Thema campus, EEC has been identifi ed as a potential College with which to forge a meaningful business partnership.

EEC was also selected as one of four TVET Colleges in South Africa to run a Dual System Pilot Project (DSPP) for two trades (Electrical and Plumbing) under the guidance of the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ).This Dual System Apprenticeship training model is new to South Africa but has already been applied with great success in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Under this system students spend up to 70% of their training period in the workplace itself. The theoretical training they receive at the College is continually integrated and reinforced with practical application in the workplace. Students alternate between the College and the workplace in block periods of between eight and fourteen weeks throughout their traning period.


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