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Zille urges prospective students to consider apprenticeship programmes

Helen Zille says there’s a perception a university degree is the only means to secure a bright future.

FULE: Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is urging prospective students to think about apprenticeship programmes as skilled workers are increasingly in demand.

The Premier launched the apprenticeship game changer programme in Cape Town yesterday.

The Premier's council on skills was launched five years ago to develop skills that are in demand.

LISTEN: Zille explains WC apprenticeship programme

Zille says there's a perception a university degree is the only means to secure a bright future.

But she emphasises qualified apprentices often earn more than their varsity counterparts.

She says a qualified electrician or plumber can earn good salaries.

"Apprenticeship and skills are becoming very attractive because of their demand and because of the high likelihood of getting a job."

The Western Cape needs skilled people in various fields including the oil and gas, tourism and ICT sectors.

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