�Local Mining Houses Content With Students Trained By GIZ�

FRANCISTOWN: The Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has indicated that mining sector employers are content with the organisation’s training programme in collaboration with government and the Botswana Chamber of Mines (BCM).

The trio, GIZ, BCM and government, through the Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (DTVET) have helped fund courses in Heavy Plant Engineering, Industrial Electric, Maintenance Fitting and Machining, Fabrication and Welding, and Instrumentation and Millwright.The students are enrolled at Botswana College of Engineering and Technology (BCET) and Francistown College of Technical and Vocational Education (FCTVE).

“We have close to 10 mining companies that offer our students on the job training.  All of them have indicated that they are content with the quality of students we produce. “In fact some of them have so far indicated that they would like to absorb the students on a full-time basis after they have completed their studies in 2017,” said the training coordinator, Jurgen Foerster in an interview yesterday. Currently a combined 100 students funded by the GIZ, BCM and the Botswana government are at BCET and FCTVE.The courses, according to the coordinator, cost nearly P6.5 million a year for the 100 students and the three parties share equal costs towards financing the course.

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