Helen Zille recently launched the Western Cape’s Apprenticeship Game Changer, aimed at creating qualified technical and vocational skilled people to meet the needs of prioritised economic growth areas in the province.
The provincial government has set a target of introducing 32,500 qualified apprentices into the labour market by 2019.
This target includes apprentices who will qualify as artisans, semi-skilled workers who achieve partial qualifications, and top-up qualifications for existing artisans and semi-skilled workers.
The focus will be on the Western Cape’s five key economic sectors prioritised under its growth strategy, Project Khulisa.
The sectors which will be focused on are Oil and Gas, Agri-processing, ICT, the Green Economy, and Tourism.
Under a high-growth scenario, Project Khulisa aims to add an additional 343,000 jobs in these sectors to the Western Cape economy by 2019.
The provincial government is strengthening its partnerships with employers, learning institutions, and SETA’s to achieve its objectives.