The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) using the National Youth Service Programme (NYSP), facilitated the Artisan Development Programme (ADP) under Electrical Apprenticeship in the 2016/17 financial year.
Through this Apprenticeship, 6 learners were trade tested in May 2016 and were found competent as fully qualified Artisans. This achievement has now accumulated to 33 qualified Artisans since its recruitment in 2013.
On 24 March 2017, the MEC for Public Works and Infrastructure; Honourable Dora Kotzee tabled her budget vote and invited Tankiso Lebaka, who was a participant in the ADP, specialising on electrical. Tankiso Lebaka (36-years), hails from Botshabelo was one of the many young people who benefited from the Electrical Apprenticeship.
Lebaka started with the Apprenticeship in January 2013 and today he is a fully qualified Electrician and owns his own private company; TML Electrical (Pty) Ltd.
In 2002, Lebaka matriculated at Senakangwedi Senior Secondary school in Botshabelo. He went further to register with the Central University of Technology but later dropped out due to financial constraints. Lebaka then proceeded to look for employment opportunities. In 2005, he found casual employment in Botshabelo cash loans.
In Jan 2013, Lebaka joined the Department’s apprenticeship programme, a decision that was not easy but brought fruitful results in his career. “I am grateful of the opportunity given to me by the Department, and I was equally honoured that I became the MEC’s guest during her Budget Speech tabling in Bloemfontein,” said Lebaka.
In addition to Lebaka, the Department has produced 32 qualified artisans since the inception of the apprenticeship programme in 2013. The Department continues to advance and consolidate service delivery gains through Radical Socio-Economic Transformation.