Cape Town - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille handed over a R100 000 prize to Sophumelela Secondary School as the winning school from the Western Cape Government’s Apprenticeship Game Changer Career Awareness competition on Friday morning.
During the surprise handover at the school assembly Zille also awarded a tablet to Sinazo Gudlu, as one of the individual prize winners.
Earlier in the week, Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer, presented other competition awards to learners at Oval North High School and COSAT as part of the Career Awareness competition.
These awards included two learners receiving a Pearson ICT Bursary to the value of R100 000 and three learners receiving Imperial Technical Training College Auto Electrician or Motor Mechanic Apprenticeships.
The R100 000 prize awarded to Sophumelela Secondary School will enable additional Smart Classrooms for the school, which already had 12 Smart Classrooms installed in 2015.
“The Western Cape Government has prioritised the expansion of apprenticeships across the province because we need to ensure there are sufficiently qualified technically and vocationally skilled young people to meet the needs of our fastest growing sectors in the Western Cape namely, Tourism, Oil and Gas, Agri-processing and the enabling sectors of Renewable Energy and ICT," said Zille.
"In order to achieve this, we need more young people to choose an apprenticeship as a career path towards a technical and vocational job.