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2014 WorldSkills Legacy project: College of Cape Town versus Kendal College

According to the speech by Dr Blade Nzimande at the launch of the White Paper for Post School Education and Training in Pretoria on the 16th of January 2014, "over 3.4 million of the country's young people between the ages of 15 and 24 are not in employment, education or training and a strategy is required to pull them out of the doldrums of poverty and misery." One of the ways that government aims to remedy this situation is to encourage the youth to improve and develop their skills at Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges (formerly known as FET Colleges). At Dr Nzimande's official address at the opening of the FET College Summit in September 2010, he declared that government would begin its effort at "making public FET colleges institutions of excellence" and "challenge the widespread perception that they are poorly resourced, second-choice institutions". The College of Cape Town has taken the responsibility to deliver on this mandate by implementing various improvement strategies. One of the strategies is to collaborate with TVET Colleges from abroad and participate in skills competitions.
The most current competition project takes place from 2-8 March 2014 when Kendal College from the United Kingdom will be hosted by the College of Cape Town for one week. During this week, staff and students will collaborate and mentor each other in preparation for a competition event. This will culminate in a cook-off on the 5th of March for the Hospitality students and a hairdressing competition on the morning of the 6th of March, leading to a prize giving lunch for parents, guests and sponsors. The aim of the lunch is to showcase the work that was done and to acknowledge the competitors.

A panel of celebrity judges are expected to evaluate the skills of the students at the competition. On the 5th of March, the Hospitality competition will be judged by Zola Nene (the highly acclaimed chef and food stylist from the SABC Expresso TV show), Dylan Jacobs (Executive Chef from international and award-winning restaurant, Five Flies, as well as Illanique van Aswegen (chef/freelance food stylist from Taste and Food and Home magazines).

On the 6th of March, the Beauty and Haircare competition will be judged by Frank Fouwden (salon owner and Hairstylist of the Year 2014), Elma Titus (external assessor and trichologist), Pamela Lamprecht (salon owner, external assessor and trade test moderator) and Hugo Minnie (ex-student, annual competition winner and salon owner, national competition judge).

Mr Louis Van Niekerk, Principal/CEO of the College of Cape Town, states that he is very enthusiastic to witness the various opportunities this competition is expected to open for the students: "Our academic and support staff go to tremendous lengths to secure linkages and partnerships with important roleplayers in commerce and industry and with the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETA's). The attendance of such prestigious judges at this competition provides proof of the College's immense dedication to quality partnerships. The College of Cape Town is devoted to being an institution of excellence that develops the potential of clients through quality education and training in response to the skills development requirements of the country.

"However, we are not only hosting this competition to secure linkages and partnerships," says Van Niekerk. "The College of Cape Town's ultimate goal in hosting this competition is to have staff and students from the College, but more especially from Public TVET Colleges, represent South Africa at future WorldSkills events."

According to www.worldskills.org, "WorldSkills International is a not-for-profit membership association open to agencies or bodies which have a responsibility for promoting vocational education and training in their respective countries/regions." The South African Member of WorldSkills International was formally launched at the College of Cape Town, Pinelands Campus, on the 18th of April 2013. According to the website, "the President of WorldSkills International, Mr Simon Bartley, and South African Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Mduduzi Comfort Manana, were the keynote speakers. It focused on directing the Department of Higher Education & Training to take on a leading role in repositioning WorldSkills South Africa as the driving force for the promotion of world-class vocational skills in South Africa. Through WorldSkills, South Africa will gain maximum benefit from the exchange and comparison of world-class competency standards in the industrial trades and service sectors of the global economy."

Sharon Grobbelaar, the Corporate Communications and Marketing Manager at the College of Cape Town, agrees with this statement. "As the mission of WorldSkills is to promote a worldwide awareness of the essential contribution that skills and high standards of competence make to the achievement of economic success and personal fulfilment, the College of Cape Town would be proud to represent South Africa at future WorldSkills events."

Mrs Tilly Reddy, Academic Manager of Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing, Hospitality, Travel & Tourism at the College of Cape Town, is one of the event's primary organisers. Mrs Reddy says that "the College of Cape Town is constantly striving to provide high-quality education and training to help graduates equip themselves with skills and competencies needed to gain and retain employment. The College wants to gain exposure and experience in this arena. This and other skills competition projects will be used as trajectories to help the College's students and staff improve their standard of performance so that it meets the standards as set by WorldSkills."

Furthermore, Mrs Reddy also states that the other objectives of this project are, but are not limited to: "Improving on the quality of education and training at the College of Cape Town and in the Public TVET College sector, building capacity in staff and students for participation in this and future skills competitions, fostering national and international relations, creating staff and student exchange/mentoring opportunities both nationally and globally, developing staff and students holistically so that they are better equipped to cope in their personal and professional lives, motivating students to improve punctuality and attendance resulting in increased pass rates; throughput and certification rates, increasing key stakeholder participation in skills competitions within the Public TVET context, encouraging the roll-out of a WorldSkills SA national and provincial framework ensuring inclusivity, being the pioneers and trendsetters within the Public TVET space and ensuring competitive edge as well as realising the College of Cape Town's vision to compete in skills competitions in preparation for WorldSkills in 2015."

If journalists would like to attend this event, they are encouraged to contact Mrs Reddy on 082 0529 838. Alternatively, media enquiries can also be directed to Ms Grobbelaar on 083 564 7599.

    
 

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