The Director General of The Department of Higher Education and Training, Gwebs Qonde says…

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The Director General of The Department of Higher Education and Training, Gwebs Qonde says the department has a role to play to ensure that youth are ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Qonde was one of the keynote speakers at the 10th Premier’s Council on skills event in Cape Town. The event highlighted the work of the Western Cape Government’s Apprenticeship Game Changer Programme. Qonde says it’s important that learners and students are correctly skilled for the next industrial revolution: “The Fourth Industrial Revolution is about the application of knowledge in a more innovative way you have to apply it, artificial intelligence, robotics data analytics, you need all those skills. It means therefore what is in your mind you should be able to translate into a concrete action the application of knowledge.” Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille highlighted the importance of apprenticeship programmess and skills required for priority sectors in the province. These sectors include: tourism, agri-processing and renewable energy among others. Zille says in the past two years the council has focussed on supporting the Western Cape Government’s Apprenticeship Game Changer Programme: “We have young people coming to the work place who are often very underprepared. We also don’t take account of the needs of employers and expect them to do charity work taking on apprentices rather than have value added to their firms. So we are trying to get that entire pipeline right in our context and know what it takes to get young people with the right subjects at schools actually passing them moving into a theoretical and practical work based training in a way that adds to value to the employer.”








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