CPUT will get a cash injection of R21.2 million in accordance with a memorandum of agreement recently concluded with the Construction SETA (CETA).
This brings the total investment by CETA since 2013 to R34.4 million. This latest grant will see a further 90 CPUT students taken up in the very successful Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programme and 100 receiving bursaries. The beneficiaries are students qualifying in Built Environment disciplines. This follows an initial 134 students benefitting from the WIL programme, when the university received R4.8 million in 2013. In the following financial year 88 students participated in the WIL programme to the tune of R3.1 million.
Acting DVC for Research, Prof Marshall Sheldon, encouraged beneficiaries of the grants to “grab these opportunities with everything you’ve got. We will support you in any way we can and want to see you mentoring the students that come after you.”
Raymond Cele, Board Chairman of CETA, remarks that CPUT piloted the WIL programme, which has become the implementation benchmark for the role-out nationwide. “We see CPUT as our strategic partner for education in the construction sector. Its staff members’ passion for their students is matched only by my team’s passion to see the beneficiaries of these grants succeed.”
Future plans divulged by Cele include:
- Integrated tracer studies into the impact of these programmes
- Establishment of a regional stakeholder forum
- Building the next generation of academics in the sector; and
- More service-learning projects and community engagement.
Written by CPUT News