EWC brings home two silver medals from World Skills South Africa, Durban

Boksburg Campus Electrical Engineering student causes shockwaves in Durban during World Skills South Africa (WSSA).

19-Year-old Kyle Ritchie ended one position short of a place in the World Skills Competition to be held in Abu Dhabi later in the year. Kyle was one of eight Ekurhuleni West TVET College future artisans, who competed against hundreds of other contenders in the fields of Electrical Construction, Mechatronics, Hairdressing, Food Preparation and Restaurant Services (out of an inclusive nineteen skills areas on offer).

The eight represented Gauteng Province in the national finals held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in February 2017, after brushing aside competitors in the preliminary stages of the competition. They achieved this despite the fact that they were competing against employed artisans, University of Technology students, and University students.

Every two years, tens of thousands of skilled young people from around the world – accompanied by their instructors, coaches and mentors – gather in a selected city to compete before the public in the skills of their various trades and to test themselves against demanding international standards. In South Africa, the World Skills initiative is championed by the Department of Higher Education and Training. The South African version (World Skills South Africa) of the competition serves as a preliminary stage to the world competition. WSSA was formally established in April 2013 by the Deputy Minister of the Department of Higher Education and Training, Mr Mduduzi Manana.

The eight participants were sent off by the college Principal, Ms. Hellen Ntlatleng, at a ceremonial event held at the college’s Seasons Restaurant in Germiston.

Ekurhuleni West TVET College received silver medals for Electrical Installations and Mechatronics.

Ms Hellen Ntlatleng, Principal EWC, addressing attendees at the send-off event for EWC's World Skills South Africa contestants, held at the Seasons Restaurant, Germiston Campus.
A great send-off for EWC's team.
EWC's World Skills South Africa team, with the Principal EWC and other college officials.
Kyle Ritchie, an EWC team member, who did very well in the competition.



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