Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille, officially launched the Western Cape’s Apprenticeship Game Changer at the annual Premier’s Council on Skills which was held at a Cape Town college in Pinelands.
Zille says the Game Changer will drastically increase the number of qualified apprentices in the province over the next few years.
It is one of the seven Game Changers in the province that we believe will change the lives of people and their future.— Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape
Zille says many of the Game Changers are focused on young people. She says several areas that the economy of the province is growing in, requires a number of skills that they don't have.
She says the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Saldanha and Atlantis will need 18 500 new skilled people for it to grow to its full potential.
The province is currently producing a 1000 apprentices a year, says Zille
A Game Changer has to massively improve and escalate the production of young people to become artisans... so this is the apprentice game changer— Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape
The main goal of the Apprenticeship Game Changer is to achieve sufficient, appropriately qualified technical and vocational skilled people to meet the needs of prioritized economic growth areas in the Western Cape by 2019.
Listen to the full conversation below: