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WORTH THE INVESTMENT: Eastcape Midlands College provides top talent for industry

By Tai Chishakwe - Aug 19, 2014
WORTH THE INVESTMENT: Eastcape Midlands College provides top talent for industry

The current climate of economic austerity has resulted in companies everywhere having to relook at the cost of their employee training programmes. While workforce skills are important for any business’ competitive advantage, they have become an unaffordable luxury for most and a ‘dirty job’ that someone has to do, but who?

Eastcape Midlands College (EMC), with six campuses in Uitenhage, Grahamstown and Graaff-Reinet, has been providing local industry with world-class talent and skills since 2002. The college serves the highly industrialized part of theNelson Mandela Metropole as well as the rural western part of the Eastern Cape Province.

“We have six campuses which consist of High Street, offering Business Studies programmes; Park Avenue, which focuses on Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Computer Science; Charles Goodyear, which focuses on Mechanical Engineering and Skills Training; while both our Grahamstown and Graaff-Reinet campuses specialize in Business Studies courses.

“The latest addition, Brickfields Road Campus, offers several Occupational directed courses,” said Roxy Roodt, Manager at the college’s Career Development Centre.

“All these programmes are in the National Certificate Vocational (NCV), Report 191 (Nated) and Occupational categories. We also offer various learnerships and apprenticeships for our students and graduates.”

She said the college had a vision to become the world-class brand in knowledge and skills training and the first choice college in South Africa.

“Our mission is to pursue our vision by passionately responding to the needs of the country.In support of our mission, we are committed to provide student support and servicesas well as endeavouring to assist in job placement of our students.

“We recently established a Career Development Centre so that we can engage our students in meaningful work-readiness workshops where students are exposed to part-time jobs, career fairs and industry talks on campus!” she explained.

The college is also pursuing and maintaining rewarding partnerships with several local industry players, businesses and organisations such as the Coega Development Corporation (CDC).

“As a result, the Brickfields Road Campus and the Grahamstown Campus now have driving instructors who facilitate driver simulator training and learner license classes free of charge. Through this programme, which is run by the CDC, we have been preparing our students and members of the community for the workplace and assisting them in becoming more employable in industry,” said Roodt.

As a reward for its efforts, every year, EMC students rank among the country’s top 10 college graduates.

For more information on how your organisation can partner with EMC, contact 041 996 1815 or email [email protected]