Through the Decade of the Artisan campaign the department aims to encourage businesses to take artisan students for practical training to address skills shortage in the country. (SABC)
Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister, Mduduzi Manana says parents are discouraging children from going to colleges because they believe university carries some prestige.
As part of their project, Decade of the Artisan, Manana held talks with employers from different industries in Polokwane, to encourage them to formalise links with colleges and provide students with apprenticeships, learnerships or other skills programme.
The deputy Minister launched the decade of artisans campaign in 2014. Through this campaign the department aims to encourage businesses to take artisan students for practical training to address skills shortage in the country.
Speaking on AM Live, Manana says through the artisans program the department wants to dispel the notion that post school education means you have to go to university.
He says he has also called on employees to help highlight the weaknesses of colleges so that they can be strengthened.
Click below to listen to the full interview.