National Artisan Academy Launch
Motheo TVET College in partnership with Services SETA will officially launched Motheo TVET College National Artisan Academy, under theme “Developing the Economy and changing lives through Artisanship”. The launch took place on 15 March 2018 at Motheo TVET College National Artisan Academy Centre, Bloemfontein, Free State. Dignitaries attending the event included the MEC for Education Mr. Tate Makgoe, Director General in Free State Provincial Government Mr. Kopung Ralikontsane, Service SETA Board, Management, Motheo TVET College Council and Executive Management.
The Principal of Motheo TVET College, Mrs. Dipiloane Phutsisi, tabled the concept of establishing an Artisan Academy. The intention behind the establishment of an Artisan Academy is one of fast-tracking the development and provision of artisanship training in line with the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) III. The NSDS III targets the production of 30 000 qualified artisans annually by 2030.
To realize this dream, she first shared this vision with College Council and Management. Students were consulted during the 2013 and 2014 Academic Conferences, the Student’s Policy Summit as well as the Student Parliament. The concept received the endorsement of all stakeholders and attracted generous funding from Services SETA which was approved by the Services SETA Board. This came as a blessing as it tallies with the vision of the College “The Gateway to Employability”. It is seen as a ‘Turn Key’ project for the institutions in the history.
During his speech MEC Tate Makgoe applauded Motheo TVET College and Service SETA for the establishment of the academy. He was proud to be part of the prestigious event as this was a first for the province. “South Africa is a country that has a lot of wealth and potential, however, for us to tap into that wealth, we need people with the right skills and this college is a step in the right direction as it will produce the kind of skills this country needs,” Makgoe said. He said the R500 million state of the art National Artisan Academy will allow the College to cater for least a 1000 students every year and improve the quality of education and skills.
Service SETA CEO Mr Andile Nongogo said the building of the new Academy is the result of the continuous need for suitably qualified artisans to sustain industries and support economic growth of the country. He said the academy has mo0re than 49 000m2 in size. It has three workshops with simulation areas, student accommodation with 372 beds and trade-testing centers, an admin block, kitchen, dining hall and recreational facilities. The facility has a capacity of 1000 in total with provision for computer labs a multipurpose hall, and a student center with convenience shops.
More young people need to be apprenticed into trades to produce the required number of artisans by 2030, as articulated in the National Development Plan.
Trades/ Programmes to be offered at the Academy are:
Hair Care & Beauty and Nail Technology
Bricklayer, Plasterer, Wall and Floor Tile & Painter
Carpenter and Joiner
Electrician & Renewable Energy
Welder & Boilermaker
There will be Trade Test centers for all above trades and various Learnerships. There will be an ICT Hub that will offer latest IT Technology.
The college worked with the University of the Free State (UFS) as well as the Central University of Technology (CUT) on determining which courses would be suitable for the college.
The construction commenced on 1 October 2015 and the envisaged completion date is July 2018. The construction commenced on 1 October 2015. The Academy is currently 89% percent complete and the college will take full delivery by June 2018. The opening will thereafter take place once the Academy is completed and fully furnished and equipped. The facility is setup to accommodate people with physical disabilities. The official opening of the center will be announced.