It will be held at Holiday Inn, Sandton from July 17 to 18.
The purpose of the programme is to encourage closer links between education and industry with a focus on strengthening the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) sector.
The two main strands that the programme focuses on are International Skills Partnerships and Policy Level engagements
With SA and UK colleges standing to benefit from these projects, the conference is a partnership with the National Business Initiative and the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (MerSETA), which is endorsed by the Department for Higher Education, and Training.
The participating SA Colleges are Gert Sibande College, Northlink College, Orbit College, Sedibeng College and Eastcape Midlands Colleges, respectively.
The British Council Country Director, Colm McGivern says: “The Skills for Employability programme is the British Council’s flagship programme supporting and developing youth employment in South Africa.
Through international partnerships we’re giving young people here and in the UK new opportunities, higher aspirations, and a greater global perspective. We believe that aligning skills development activities with technical and vocational education and training will help to bring about sustainable change for South Africa”.
Each of the current 5 partnerships has a unique focus ranging from renewable energy, abridging courses, automobile curriculum enhancement and use of ICT platforms to enhance better learning and teaching.
The programme tackles the global challenge of skills gap and implements projects on how to build skills of young people so they are able to work and compete in today’s globalized world.
Most importantly, the conference will highlight the benefits that can be obtained from international partnerships.
Speakers at the conference will include Professor Joy Papier, an expert in the post schooling sector in South Africa, Kathleen Zhong, who leads British Council’s Skills for Employability programme in China, Charles Kemp the Training Manager at Ford South Africa and Wayne Adams the C-OEO of MerSETA.
A gala dinner will also be held.
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