As we continue to celebrate TVET Month this August, our clients, partners, and friends share their views on the significance of this period in the South African higher education calendar.
Professor Dipiloane Phutsisi, Motheo TVET College principal and the Deputy President of the South African Public Colleges Association (SACPO) highlights: “TVET Month encourages high school learners and those Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) to enrol in TVET Colleges. It plays a pivotal role in establishing us as the TVET Sector to be one of the preferred choices for prospective students to obtain a qualification and further their education and training.”
Linked to the college’s vision statement “The Gateway to Employability,” Professor Phutsisi shares that she has created opportunities for youth, young women in particular in the following fields of maritime, entrepreneurship development, water-smart agriculture, artisan development, and aircraft mechanics studies.
“Women are often under-represented in the fields of engineering. This vision is informed by the realisation that the country experiences a shortage of qualified artisans to sustain our economy. Youth development, particularly young women, must be promoted and prioritised.”
She continues: “This year is dedicated to the memory of a pioneer and freedom stalwart, Mme Charlotte Maxeke who, through all her work and efforts, sought to contribute to a South Africa that is united, prosperous, and at peace with itself. She proved that women were capable and effective leaders.
“I encourage young women to work hard and start their businesses and create jobs, but like any other business, there are challenges. Despite the challenges, you must have plans for your business. Be an inspiration to other women. Do not conform to societal stereotypes of what a woman should be doing – stop being dependent on men! We all have potential; we need to stop undermining ourselves. We can do everything that men can do.”