The Moses Kotane Skills Centre in association with The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) and the Department of Infrastructure Development (DID), is proud to announce that 2 900 EPWP beneficiaries have received technical skills training since its inception in July 2018. The initiative aims to provide training to 3 200 participants in 2019.

The Moses Kotane Skills Centre, which was initiated by MEC Jacob Mamabolo from Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development, partnered with the University of Johannesburg and Resolution Circle, the implementation partner, to provide skills training across seven different tracks, namely: mechanical, electrical, automation, electronics, carpentry, building and fitting and turning.

“We are in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4.0 IR) which will introduce new technologies and new opportunities the South African workforce,” said Corrie Smit, Project Manager at Resolution Circle. While there is uncertainty about how 4.0 IR will evolve, there is agreement that there is a need to understand these sophisticated technologies and train people with the necessary skills needed and to be ready for the workplace of the future.

As South Africa’s unemployment rate is at 27% it is critical that people gain job skill training and are empowered to become agile entrepreneurs that are responsive to their environment and able to solve real-world problems in their communities. As technology is at the core of 4.0 IR, additional training is provided to equip some participants with coding and programming skills to help them understand the internet of things (IoT) and automation.

“We aim to provide training that equips people to start work immediately and have been pleased to see that several of the participants that completed the training have helped to repair the ageing infrastructure at several schools across Gauteng,” added Smit. “This is a first step towards building the Gauteng cities of the future and improving the lives of both beneficiaries and residents across Gauteng.”

To find out more about the Moses Kotane Skills Centre or to learn more about this programme please contact:

 

Mr Wesley Jacobs Department of Infrastructure Development Wesley.Jacobs@gauteng.gov.za
Mr. Kgabo Sebina EPWP Programme Kgabo.Sebina@gauteng.gov.za
Mr Corrie Smit Resolution Circle (Pty) Ltd corries@resolutioncircle.co.za