“It will also have a cosmetology academy and the college will offer bridging programmes for youth who do not meet the minimum requirements for entry into technical and vocational education and training colleges.”
Plato called the new campus “a welcome display of collaborative governance as it sees the local, provincial and national governments working together for the empowerment of our residents, especially youth who are the future of our country”.
He added: “We believe that quality and responsive education and training is the most effective way of empowering people and preparing them for work. I look forward to seeing the doors of this world-class education facility open in the near future.”
Hendricks said Pandor's announcement marked the fulfilment of a long-held dream for the college, which had occupied temporary accommodation in Mitchells Plain for 14 years.
"This is huge for us and for the young people of the Cape Flats," said Hendricks, adding that around 5,000 students travelled out of Mitchells Plain daily to pursue their education, at great cost in terms of money and time.
She said the TVET model, which combines theoretical and practical instruction with workplace experience, would "connect them with critical skills to make them more work-ready".
False Bay College also has campuses in Muizenberg, Fish Hoek, Westlake and Khayelitsha.