Jan 15, 2010
Firms team up in maths, science and engineering driveBack
Engineering|Johannesburg|Natal|Newtown|Africa|Bentley Systems Incorporated|Consulting|Education|Infundo Consulting|PROJECT|Projects|Systems|Africa|Austria|South Africa|Systems|Technology|Andreas Asperl|Charmaine Smith|Guenter Maresch|Scott Lofgren
© Reuse this
The education project, which is funded by the Dutch embassy, involves bringing two Austrian master trainers and the developers of Elcad, Dr Guenter Maresch and Dr Andreas Asperl, to train 30 teacher trainers for a week in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).
Infundo Consulting director Charmaine Smith says that the 30 trainers will be trained in the complete mapped-out Elcad programme, the platform it uses, as well as in the methodology to teach the programme. These trainers will, in turn, train other teachers, who will pass on the programme to their learners.
“This programme has been in existence for 11 years in Austria and the European Union and has produced great results. “The desired outcome is to bring an experienced programme to South Africa to take learners to the next level and improve the skills levels of the country,” says Bentley Empowered Careers Network global director Scott Lofgren.
The trainers have been asked to identify learning centres, such as schools, academic and private institutions and education centres, such as the Sci-Bono Discovery centre, in Newtown, Johannesburg, where the programme will be rolled out during 2010.
The bulk of the funding and seats have been assigned to KZN learning centres, as the Dutch embassy has already funded education centres in the province. Twenty of the 30 seats will be given to trainers from KZN and ten seats will be given to trainers from the rest of the country.
Smith says that the Elcad programme is designed to enable learners to acquire better technical and maths skills, as well as become ready for the workplace equipped with inter- personal communication, creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
Lofgren says that it is important that the programme provides South African learners with the chance to become engineers by promoting a good foundation in mathematics and science at school. It will also ensure that learners learn independently and reflect on their own learning process.
The KZN Department of Education has looked at the Elcad programme and materials and established that they tie up with the existing computer-aided design or engineering graphic design subject curriculum at schools. Smith says the education programme allows learners to use engineering industry software, which will connect learners to real-life engineering projects. This software will be supplied to learning centres and schools that may not have had access to it in the past.
She concludes that South Africa is privileged to have the Elcad programme, as it will provide learners with a taste of engineering and promote the profession through fun activities and assignments.
Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Economy News
Updated 7 hours ago Johannesburg-based occupational health, safety and environmental (HSE) risk-management company NOSA has recently launched an HSE e-learning course that focuses on the mining industry, namely SAMTRAC for Mining, which complements the general industry course launched...
Updated 7 hours ago South African private-sector defence group Paramount recently announced a series of major initiatives to strengthen its position in the local aerospace, defence and maritime sectors. Group Executive Chairman Ivor Ichikowitz told a media briefing that the enterprise...
Recent Research Reports
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
This Week's Magazine
Updated 7 hours ago While Ekurhuleni-based transformer manufacturer Reliable Transformers currently designs, manufactures and tests its products according to the SANS 780 specifications for distribution transformers and other applicable transformer specifications, it is working towards...
Updated 7 hours ago Global endpoint security solutions company Kaspersky Lab has introduced new measures to prevent cyber criminals from accessing sensitive data, alongside its malware-signature and heuristic device analysis detection methods. Threats to mobile devices have increased...
Updated 7 hours ago To ensure uptake and a positive impact, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) networks in cities must be provided at schools, community centres and commercial centres to enable citizens and government to access information that will improve access to and delivery of services....
Updated 7 hours ago Eco-estate Monaghan Farm, located near Lanseria airport, north-west of Johannesburg, has taken a new approach to modern living and sustainability with its 517 ha development, dedicated to farm living.
Updated 7 hours ago Forklift and lift-truck distributor Goscor Lift Hi-Reach launched the Genie SX-180, the tallest self-propelled super boom in Africa, in Johannesburg last month. “As the official distributor of the well-known Genie range of equipment in Southern Africa, we are pleased...