In an attempt to narrow the artisans’ skills gap in the Free State Province, the Honourable Premier, Sisi Ntombela approved for employees from different Departments to up-skill their knowledge by attending a skills and vocational training at Senai in Brazil for ten (10) months. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure sent 17 tradesmen aid who were appointed by the Department.
The long-term vision of the Department is to train them to become fully-fledged Artisans. The Skills Development Act of South Africa, encourages employers to develop the skills of their employees in order to improve their quality of life and their prospects of work as well as to improve productivity in the workplace. The vocational skills training in Brazil is a sure way to obtain the objectives of the skills development act.
Mohanuoa Khesa: Public Works and Infrastructure- Kroonstad Maintenance section
“This is a lifetime opportunity. When I come back from Brazil, I will come with new skills that I can use in the Department and teach my colleagues who didn’t get this opportunity. I am privileged to represent the Department at that stage and I am grateful for this opportunity, it is my first time going abroad. I want to thank the Department for thinking about the development of its employees.”
Khote Ernest Molise: Public Works and Infrastructure- Bloemfontein Maintenance section
“I am very happy about this opportunity. I feel fortunate to be one of the people going to Brazil to get vocational and skills training. It will be my first time on an airplane and my first time going overseas. I will represent my Department and my Province well in this learning journey. I will impart the skills and knowledge that I will attain from this training programme and share with my peers when I come back. ”