The Department of Higher Education and Training acknowledged the Western Cape TVET Colleges top achievers at an exclusive ceremony hosted by False Bay TVET College at its Fish Hoek campus on 25 May.
The annual event brought together the principals of the six Western Cape public TVET colleges, academic staff, government officials, special guests and students to celebrate the success of the 32 students who received achievement awards. These awards are conferred upon students who achieved in excess of 75% aggregate in their respective study fields.
Special acknowledgements were bestowed on the four overall provincial winners in the following categories: Wendy Nkomo for Nated Engineering, Clinton Johnnie Nysken for Nated Business Studies and Services, Lentsha Letsekang for NC(V) Engineering and Information Technology, and Whitney Kelly Brown for NC(V) Business Studies and Services.
Among the special guests for the evening was Mr Zozo Siyengo, Chief Director at the DHET Regional Office, Mr Firoz Patel, Deputy Director-General in the DHET, and Mr Luvuyo Rani, Director of Silulo Ulutho Technologies and a member of the College Council of False Bay TVET College.
Mr Rani, a recipient of the 2016 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurship awarded by the World Economic Forum, shared his own story and aspirations with the audience.
Stressing the strategic value that the government attached to the TVET colleges, Mr Siyengo said, “The Department of Higher Education and Training’s highest priority is to strengthen and expand the public TVET colleges, so that they become institutions of choice for a large proportion of school leavers.”
Emphasising the quality of TVET education and training in the Western Cape, a superb meal was served to the guests by students of the False Bay TVET College Hospitality department. Guests were serenaded by the Heavenly Quartez, a popular group of classical singers based in Khayelitsha.
More about False Bay TVET College
False Bay TVET College offers Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at five campuses across the Cape Town metropole. It is one of six TVET colleges serving the Western Cape [the others are Boland College, College of Cape Town, Northlink College, South Cape College and West Coast College] that not only contribute to economic growth through the development of the workforce, but combat youth unemployment by equipping students with marketable skills that ensure work readiness.
One of the top performing TVET colleges in the country, False Bay TVET College offers entry into career paths in Engineering, Business, Hospitality, Information Technology, and Safety in Society, Education Studies, 2D Animation, Tourism and Boat Building.