Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is set to launch its new Maritime Training Centre at the Port of Cape Town in September this year in a move geared to boosting South Africa’s maritime skills base and benefit the the Operation Phakisa programme.
TNPA refurbished an underutilised building at the Port of Cape Town to house the training centr, which will offer marine skills development programmes and apprenticeships to youth from previously disadvantaged communities and employees within Transnet.
TNPA said the training center is fulfills its role as a lead implementer of Government’s Operation Phakisa programme which aims to unlock the economic potential of the country’s Oceans Economy.
Cape Town Port Manager, Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana, said “As an agency of the state we have a responsibility to contribute positively to the economy of the country by providing proper skills development programmes, training artisans and developing engineers to ensure the sustainability of our ports and to stimulate growth of the maritime economy. These skills will ensure that young people can participate meaningfully in the economic development of the country.”
Marine courses on offer at the new centre will include the accredited Dock Master Training Programme, Ship and Boat Building courses, a Ship Maintenance programme and internationally accredited Lighthouse and Navigational Systems programmes.
The Maritime Training Centre will leverage off existing partnerships with institutions such as the Transnet Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE), False Bay College, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and Northlink College.
Key training programmes will include General Purpose Rating, Berthing Master, Master Port Operations, Skipper Port Operations, Able Seafarer Deck, Ordinary Seafarer Engine, Ordinary Seafarer Deck, Fitter and Turner, Electrician and Information Communication and Technology courses.