College of Cape Town Ambassadors takes WorldSkills SA by Storm

We are pleased to announce that seven students from the College of Cape Town are amongst those representing the Western Cape at the WorldSkills National Competition taking place at the International Convention Centre in Durban from 14 – 16 February 2017.


WorldSkills prides itself in improving the world with the power of skills, showcasing the value of skills and raising the recognition of skilled professionals world-wide.


College of Cape Town CCT WorldSkills SA WSSA Team 2017

(Left to right) : Fagrudeen Samuels, Tilly Reddy (Deputy Principal: Academic Services, CCT), David James Le Grange, Kauther Norton, Ezra Isaacs (Skills Expert), Almareen Benn, Monique Petersen, Tarryn Brown and Abigail Marais


Early last year a number of competitors entered the Local Heats that took place at various TVET Colleges around the Western Cape. Participants and skills experts were put through their paces to be amongst those selected to compete in the Western Cape Provincial competition that took place in December last year.


A prestigious awards ceremony was held at the College of Cape Town to further identify the competitors that showed the highest level of technical, attitudinal and behavioural skills and these participants were then selected to represent the Western Cape at the WorldSkills National Competition in Durban. As the nerves, excitement and pure anticipation became more evident, the competitors received a personal word of encouragement from the College of Cape Town Principal, Mr Louise Van Niekerk and PADSC (Provincial Artisan Development Steering Committee), who arranged a readiness workshop on the 9th February to ensure all our competitors and skill experts have everything they need to represent the Western Cape in style. Competitors and skills experts gathered at Cape Town International Airport on Sunday morning to take flight for this once in a life time opportunity they worked hard to attain. We encourage our competitors to keep up the hard work so that they can be amongst those selected to represent South Africa on the International platform as well.


The International Competition is really the “Olympic Games of Skills” with more than 1 000 of the best in their skills area from 74 countries come together to compete to see who is the best in the world.


The top candidate from each skills area at the National Competition will undergo a rigorous training programme in preparation for the International Competition, which takes place in Abu Dhabi in October 2017.


We would like to wish all our participants all the best for their journey through the final stages of the WorldSkills Competition.


Author: Melissa Bezuidenhout