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Capricorn College for FET stakeholders appreciated the work-based partnership meeting

 

Capricorn College for FET has   organized the work based partnership meeting in order to give employers a platform to encourage formal partnership for Work Integrated Learning. The meeting took place at Bolvia Lodge on Tuesday, 11 March 2014. A Member of the meeting organizing committee who is also the Student Support Officer of the College Ms Tebogo Mogale explains the purpose of the meeting:

 

GUEST SPEAKER: Mr J. Mohale (Left)

Student Support Officer, Ms Tebogo Mogale (Right)

 

“The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is an umbrella term for any designed learning programme that integrates theoretical knowledge with authentic practice in a workplace. The purpose of WIL is to develop competence, i.e. the ability to apply knowledge and skills to the demands of the workplace.  It also provide students with an understanding  of the nature of the workplaces in their chosen field  of training and build their capacity to apply their college learning in the context of workplace operations. Lack of workplace experience is a huge stumbling block for graduates entering the world of work. It limits their ability to access work and their ability to cope in a work environment. The minister of Higher Education and is aiming at reducing the high unemployment rate by 70% in 2014 for students who studied at Further Education & Training. This call can only be achieved through Work Integrated Learning intervention”.

 

The guest speaker from the Department of higher Education and Training Mr Mohale saidthat, “employers can use work-based intergrated learning programmes such as apprenticeship, learnerships, and internship as other ways of giving practical

 

Business representatives attending the work based partnership meeting.

 

“The duration period for internship can be between 6 and 18 months then after that lstudents understand how it goes in the workplace environment. Mr Mohale added, registering with SETAS is important for employers who want to offer practical training

 

CEO of Nationwide Transport Media Company Ms Phoda Mapeka appreciated the work-based integrated learning meeting.

 

MsPhodaMapeka said that “the meeting was very much informative, I am the employer but I was not aware that as employers we must partner with institutions of higher learning such as FET colleges. I will first get information about registering with SETA because I am prepared to pick two students from Capricorn FET College who studied marketing which is appropriate to the structure of my company”.