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Garden Route Skills Summit13 July 2023

The Garden Route Skills Mecca (GRSM), a product of Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM), together with stakeholders, held a Summit on 13 July 2023 at the Knysna High School in Knysna. The event hosted Provincial and National Government Departments, various Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) and the Private Sector to deliberate and discuss progress made in relation to the implementation of the Skills Mecca.

The Summit further also provided a platform for a few innovative proposals to be presented by stakeholders working with local municipalities on employment-based skills development projects, and gave stakeholders the opportunity to debate how they saw the Garden Route Skills Mecca growing to the next level of development.

Focus was also given to the emerging Western Cape Provincial Growth for Jobs Strategy, Primary Focus area 7 – Improved Access to Economic Opportunities and Employability and how the Skills Mecca process could integrate the implementation of the strategy with the work already done by the Skills Mecca. This would allow for the implementation of skills development projects that are aligned with the Garden Route Growth and Development Strategy of GRDM.

GARDEN ROUTE DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY: Your route to prosperity • Jou roete na vooruitgang • Indlela yakho eya empumelelweni

Garden Route Careers Festival at Knysna High Schools Sports Fields – 13 to 14 July 2023

Hosted by the Western Cape Community Education and Training College (WCCETC), the festival gave over 800 unemployed individuals and school-going youth the opportunity to engage with SETAs, as well as public and private training providers. With many local schools in Knysna and surrounds bringing their learners, the WCCETC hosted 32 exhibitors who have various training and personal development programmes available to eligible applicants.

This initiative was brought to the public by the Garden Route District Municipality and its Garden Route Skills Mecca, which was funded by Services SETA.




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