Secunda, South Africa – Today, Sasol signed an Agreement of Cooperation with the National Department of Economic Development and the Gert Sibande Technical and Vocational Education Training College (GS TVET). This is the second TVET Sasol has adopted under the “Adopt-a-TVET College” initiative led by the Human Resource Development Council of South Africa’s (HRDC).
The agreement is also an extension of the company’s existing agreements with the Gert Sibande TVET College to help address their immediate challenges, while contributing to the National Skills Development strategy. It will see government, industry and academia take a collaborative approach and combine resources to close the national skills gap.
Skills development, in particular artisanal skills development, is a key focus area for Sasol in contributing to decreasing unemployment and to the development of the country and of the communities in which it operates.
This public-private partnership, aiming to drive skills development through TVETs, will place specific focus on developing technical and managerial expertise; creating access to experiential learning; curriculum development to ensure responsiveness to industry’s needs and lastly the development and promotion of capacity building initiatives in entrepreneurship.
“Realisation of the objectives set in this Agreement of Cooperation has the potential to significantly increase the pool of scarce skills, while creating opportunities for meaningful employment. Our aim through this partnership is to contribute positively towards the economy of the Mpumalanga Province and to reduce the rate of unemployable youth in South Africa,” said Maurice Radebe, Executive Vice President, Energy Business, Sasol Limited.
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