Centres of Specialisation (CoS) is a national programme aimed at producing:
  • A skilled and capable workforce to support inclusive economic growth
  • Increased availability of intermediate-level technical skills
  • Increased delivery of qualified artisans in 13 priority trades
  • Improved capacity of public TVET colleges to train in skills in demand by industry.

How does it work?

Dual system apprenticeships that combine:
  • Technical education at a TVET college
  • Simulated practical training
  • Lots of authentic work experience in a single, integrated learning programme with employers in the driver’s seat.

Who is involved?

It’s a partnership between the National Department of Higher Education and Training and business associations from the private sector, focusing on 13 priority trades.

The College of Cape Town has been appointed as Centres of Specialisation for Plumbing and Automotive Motor Mechanics.

Change technical skills training in your company from a money-taker into a money-maker by getting these benefits through CoS:
  • During apprenticeships: Productive value of apprentices’ work
  • SETA grant towards training costs
  • Tax-break from SARS
  • BBBEE scorecard points for skills development
  • Opportunity to shape college curriculum, thereby improving future supply of suitable workers.
  • After apprenticeships:Skilled employees, trained to industry standards and acculturated to your company – immediately productive
  • Lower-risk and lower cost of recruitment
  • Enhanced employee retention.
To participate in the Centres of Specialisation initiative and get these benefits, you need to:
  • Be located within 25 km of the College of Cape Town
  • Be willing to host at least one apprentice in the trade assigned to the College of Cape Town for a three-year apprenticeship; the theory and practical components of the curriculum will be covered at the college, while your company will be responsible for providing structured work experience supervised by an artisan qualified in that trade
  • Participate in a limited number of planning and monitoring meetings between employers, the college and DHET personnel aimed at sharing experience, solving problems and improving implementation.
For more information, contact:

Frikkie O’Connell | Tel: + 27 21 531 9124 | Email: foconnell@cct.edu.za