Orapa Technical College graduates 20 new artisans

(OLDM) General Manager Mogakolodi Maoketsa and OTC best students for each trade
(OLDM) General Manager Mogakolodi Maoketsa and OTC best students for each trade

ORAPA: The Orapa Technical College (OTC) 2023 class just graduated, marking the 44th graduation since the college's founding. OTC recently held its apprenticeship graduation ceremony under the theme ‘Transforming minds through purpose-driven and self-sustaining skills’.

The college offers training in welding, fabrication, maintenance fitting, heavy plant mechanics, electrical, and auto mechanics. Over the years, the technical institution has prepared and equipped young people with the skills necessary to develop the desired workforce through the apprenticeship program. When giving a keynote address, Debswanas Orapa, Letlhakane, and Damtshaa Mines (OLDM) general manager Mogakolodi Maoketsa said that OTC opened its doors in 1974. He pointed out that since the training centre's founding, apprentices have been trained for Debswana mines as well as other organisations around the nation, fostering the development of skills for the mining industry and other economic sectors.

Orapa Technical College graduated its first six (6) artisans in 1978, and it has since produced around 1400 artisans. According to Maoketsa, the 2023 cohort will be the 44th to complete OTC's apprenticeship programme. He said that eight maintenance industrial electricians, five maintenance fitters, five heavy plant mechanics, and two fabricators and welders will be joining the industry. When speaking about the theme, Maoketsa indicated that they are transforming how they build and run today’s business and how they improve their work.

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