Centres of Specialisation in Rigging and Mechanical Fitting

We are proud to announce that False Bay TVET College was awarded Centres of Specialisation in Rigging and Mechanical Fitting by the DHET on Tuesday 5 October at an Awards Dinner hosted by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande.  These Awards acknowledge the College as an institution that deliver quality education and training and it further recognises its ability to deliver much needed training to industry.

Both Certificates smallThe Centres of Specialisation were created to serve the Strategic Infrastructure Projects which was announced in 2012 by the President. The primary focus of the SIPS is to address a specific economic opportunity within the country.  13 priority trades were identified to serves the SIPS and with the aim of ensuring that the SIPS projects are constructed and maintained by highly qualified staff.

False Bay TVET College is indeed dedicated to implement the Centre of Specialisation in partnership with industry and to deliver qualified artisans in mechanical fitting and Rigging through QCTO accredited occupational programmes. Over the years, the College developed sound partnerships with industry for work integrated learning and employment opportunities for our students and will indeed strengthen and build on these partnerships for the Centres of Specialisation.

The DHET followed a rigorous process before its announcement of last week. The DHET undertook a desktop exercise where it gathered information in support of the following criteria and to determine a prioritised list of colleges per trade.
• Financial Management capacity (AG findings particularly those with disclaimers or outstanding reports were mainly disqualified)
• Willingness to be Centre of Specialisation
• Learner enrolment and success rates in NCV, NATED and where applicable learnerships
• Proximity  to Strategic Infrastructure Projects and demands
• Proximity to workplace learning opportunities
• Facilities inclusive of equipment and infrastructure
• Partnerships with employers, SETAs or professional bodies
• A registered trade test centre

During Step 2, a senior team in the DHET then clustered the trades and allocated trade clusters to colleges in the different provinces in an attempt to ensure and equal and fair spread. Subsequently to this, occupational team convenors were the asked to review the outcome of steps 1 and 2 and to recommend four colleges (each from a different) which they would then visit in order to make a final recommendation. Step 4 required occupational teams to visit short listed colleges and to make a recommendation of which two they should nominate as Centres of Specialisation for their trade. The recommendation was then reviewed by the National Oversight Structure for the Centres of Specialisation programme and the Director General made a final determination.