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Youth empowerment through education

(Western Cape Government)

This Youth Month we commemorate those who died in 1976 fighting for the right to equal education, and highlight the importance of studying further through this year’s (2018) theme Live the legacy: Towards a socio-economically empowered youth.

We understand that education is important to empower youth economically which is why we collaborate with different higher education institutions (HEIs). An HEI is any institution that provides higher education on a full-time, part-time or distance basis.

Technical and vocational education and training (TVET)

This year, the Department of Transport and Public Works welcomed 8 trainee apprentices to the Bellville Mechanical Workshop Programme for a four-year programme comprising practical work at the workshop in Bellville, and theoretical further education and training to the level of National Technical Certificate (NTC) 5 at a TVET facility such as Northlink College.

Students must be 21 years old and have a technical matric certificate or equivalent (N3 or N4 college certificate).

More information on apprenticeships in the Western Cape

Watch: Start your career with an apprenticeship


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Our Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme has already produced skilled and talented engineers, engineering technicians and architects through its Bursary Collaboration Venture (BCV) with these universities:

To apply for this bursary, you must be accepted at one of these universities. This year, we awarded bursaries to 41 young people studying towards a career in one of the engineering, transport or built environment fields including architecture, engineering and transport economics.

Read more about the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary

Traffic college


The Department trains students at the Gene Louw Traffic College (GLTC) in Brackenfell through a mixture of theory and practical experience..

Since it opened in 1989, facilitators at GLTC have trained many traffic officers, municipal police officers, examiners of vehicles, and examiners for driving licences. Handling and using a handgun for business purposes and demonstrating an understanding of the legislative framework for road traffic law enforcement are examples of the modules in the Traffic Officer Training course.

Read more about studying at the Gene Louw Traffic College

The content on this page was last updated on 30 October 2020