Gert Sibande TVET College hosted the A21 Digital Guidelines roadshow at the college’s Skills Academy and Artisan Development Centre on Friday 15 November 2019. The purpose of the roadshow was to advocate for Centers of Specialization (CoS) in the country. The roadshow was officially opened by the College Acting Principal, Mrs Portia Mange who gave the background of the college. She further stated the college’s vision, history and she outlined the courses that the college offers. She stated that the college is happy about this roadshow as it is going to enhance relationships amongst apprentices, TVET college’s, and employees. She concluded her welcoming address by a quote from Dr Nelson Mandela ‘it always seems impossible until it is done.’ Next on the podium was Ms Makhosazane Mngadi, Project Manager(I- Work) from the British Council. She gave a brief explanation of what the workshop seeks to achieve. She gave lessons on the responsibilities of employers, apprentices and colleges to making this apprentices program a success. She played a video featuring a twenty-two-year-old woman by the name Molèmo from North West Province who is already a beneficiary of this program. Mr Nick Joubert, National Training Manager from The Institute of Plumbing SA (IOPSA), gave a presentation on Centres of Specialisation. Mr Joubert has emphasised the importance of producing artisans in large numbers as South Africa is losing hundreds of artisans to other countries. He also highlighted the efficiency of this program on acquiring suitable workers for employers. “When employers are with an apprentice for a period of three years, they get a chance to really know the person they are looking to employ, unlike in advertised positions where there is limited interaction with a potential employee. Ms Regina Mampye gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the college. She echoed the sentiments of Mr Nick Joubert that artisans must remain in South Africa to make the country a better place to live in. She concluded by thanking everyone who attended the roadshow and pleaded with everyone who would be driving to drive safely home.