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Education and Training

Company invests R6.7m in local skills development

By: David Oliveira     24th July 2015 Motors, controls and electrical products supplier and solutions provider Zest WEG Group has thus far donated equipment and finances to the value of R3.7-million this year and, through its various learnership programmes currently give 18 individuals the opportunity to improve their technical... 

Fake CPD courses tarnish good reputation of legitimate trainers

By: David Oliveira     24th July 2015 Illegitimate training institutions falsely claiming to offer Engineering Council of South Africa- (ECSA-) accredited continuing professional development (CPD) courses are having a detrimental impact on the credibility of legitimate training providers, says Johannesburg-based Alusani Skills &... 

Local clean technology start-ups receive Unido support

By: David Oliveira     24th July 2015 Twenty-eight teams, which were announced earlier this month, have reached the semifinals of the South African leg of the 2015 United Nations Industrial Development Organisation’s (Unido’s) Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (GCIP). The winner will be... 

Local clean technology start-ups  receive Unido support
Photo by Bloomberg
CLEANTECH RISING Semifinalists of Unido's Global Cleantech Innovation Programme undergo a training and mentorship programme to help develop their SMEs

Quality basic education needs to improve – ATI

By: David Oliveira     24th July 2015 South Africa’s education system is facing a major dilemma, with one of the dominant problems being the industry’s focus on increasing the number of tertiary students, instead of improving the quality of education, says black-empowered training company the Artisan Training Institute (ATI) CEO Sean... 

Quality basic education needs to improve – ATI
IMPROVING THE ARTISAN The formation of two training certification bodies in 2010 will result in the quality of artisanal training improving significantly in the next two years

Training provider identifies firm’s training needs

By: David Oliveira     24th July 2015 South African social enterprise Afrika Tikkun Services (ATS) is determining the requirements for entry- and advanced-level training, as well as for staff upskilling, of Johannesburg-based pressed steel water tank manufacturers Branch Engineering. ATS business development and marketing head Tracey... 

Training provider  identifies firm’s training needs
CRADLE TO CAREER Afrika Tikkun Services strives to provide South Africa’s youth with the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty

Construction industry needs properly trained artisans

By: Bruce Montiea     25th July 2014 To tackle any skills shortages in the sector, construction industry body Master Builders Association (MBA) North offers intermediary services to connect its members’ employees with apprenticeships and learnerships relevant to the industry. MBA North education, training and transformation manager... 

Construction  industry needs properly trained artisans
DEON LANDMANN The association is open to any company in the construction industry

Effective training with welding simulator

By: Bruce Montiea     25th July 2014 Educational solutions supplier Sangari South Africa reports that the Soldamatic simulator, which it uses to assist in the training of apprentices, has won top honours at this year’s Worlddidac Awards, held in Berne, Switzerland, last month, for the most innovative educational product of 2014. The... 

Effective training with welding simulator
WELDING PRECISION Theory must be accompanied by practical training to improve understanding

Science programmes aim to ignite interest

By: Bruce Montiea     25th July 2014 Schoolchildren need to be introduced to subjects such as mathematics and science at an early age to spark interest in eventual careers in industries such as engineering. This will play a role in increasing the number of engineers and scientists that South Africa has, says educational nonprofit... 

Science programmes  aim to ignite interest
DRILLING It SciExplo trains engineers and scientists from an early age

Training accompanied by experience

     25th July 2014 For theoretical training from tertiary institutions to be effective, it must be  accompanied by work experience opportunities, drive automation company SEW-Eurodrive reports. This is embodied in its engineering student design competition the PneuDrive Challenge, which it co-sponsors with... 

Training  accompanied  by experience
WIDE EYED The competition aims to engage students and keep them interested in engineering.

Training courses that bridge the engineering skills gap

By: Bruce Montiea     25th July 2014 A 2013 survey of South African engineers, carried out by financial services company the Professional Provident Society of South Africa, showed that 43% of the engineers believe that the engineering qualifications currently on offer by tertiary institutions are inadequate. In addition, training... 

Training courses that bridge the  engineering skills gap
IN THE CLASSROOM Alusani Skills & Training Network offers relevant training to engineers and construction professionals

Addressing challenges in SA’s education system

By: Anine Kilian     26th July 2013 Education creates active citizens who know their rights, and are empowered to use these rights to hold their government accountable and are able to fully participate in their economy, says newly established political party Agang SA leader Dr Mamphela Ramphele. However, she notes that education... 

Assisting with local skills development

By: Anine Kilian     26th July 2013 Several initiatives have been launched to further train or develop unskilled and unemployed individuals through the Fluor Training Centre (FTC), in Secunda, Mpumulanga. 

Exceptional quality requires extraordinary skill

     26th July 2013 From its base of operations at the southern tip of Africa, German car manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA), has entrenched itself as a force to be reckoned with on the global stage, producing vehicles of exceptional quality, class-leading technological distinction and timeless style. 

Focus on new nuclear materials to enhance security of fuel supply and safety

     26th July 2013 Nuclear technology for electricity production has received increased attention in South Africa, especially after the South African government published the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010. A slight growth in the nuclear power industry is expected, owing to the amplified focus on depleting... 

IT company invests in development of South Africa’s ICT skills 

By: Anine Kilian     26th July 2013 Global IT services and consulting company T-Systems will launch the new phase of its training programme at its information and communication technology (ICT) Academy in January next year. “ICT skills are lacking in the country. There is a definite gap in the market, and we are working towards... 

Soft skills lacking in the workplace

By: Anine Kilian     26th July 2013 Soft skills, which encompass social, communication and self-management behaviour, are being neglected, with hard-skills training enjoying prominence, owing to the current state of the South African economy, skills and training networking company Alusani Skills & Training Network, tells... 

Soft skills lacking in the workplace
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE DEVELOPMENT Companies should realise that there is nothing ‘soft’ about soft skills

Universities collaborate to launch training initiatives

By: Anine Kilian     26th July 2013 The second instalment of a multimillion-rand project to bridge the knowledge gap between industry and academia with regard to information and communication technology (ICT) was launched as part of the ICT programme last month. The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), the University of... 

Education, training not meeting demand

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th July 2012 South Africa needs to produce ten times the number of engineers it currently has to compete with developed countries, says skills development company The Office Coach participating member Deirdre Elphick-Moore, quoting statistics released by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).  

Facility to enhance medical skills in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th July 2012 To improve and expand the medical skills base in sub-Saharan Africa, medical technology provider Medtronic Africa has opened a new medical training facility, in Johannesburg.  

Manufacturer improves staff literacy, numeracy

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th July 2012 South African alkaline battery manufacturer Eveready has implemented an extensive adult basic education and training (Abet) programme at its premises, in Port Elizabeth, to mitigate staff illiteracy and innumeracy. 

SA welding skills stagnant 

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th July 2012 South African industry is constrained by the increasing gap between the number of available skilled welders and the demand for skilled welders, asserts Free State-based specialist welder training organisation SIH Training Expertise training manager Styles Hood. 

Training centre develops electrical skills

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th July 2012 Electrical training and trade test centre P&T Technology aims to remain a nationally recognised provider of training, development and assessments in the electrical industry. 

Training provider improves industry skills

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th July 2012 Training provider Alusani Skills & Training Network reports that it has an offering of over 150 courses in 19 different topic areas to assist various industries in improving the skills of their staff. 

Academy launches upgraded work-at-height training facility  

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2011 Work-at-height training provider Height Wise Training Academy has invested about R60 000 in the infrastructure and equipment of a training facility, in Midrand, Gauteng, which is equipped to train fall arrest technicians and level 1 to 3 rope access technicians.  

Alliance to provide encompassing training solution

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2011 Health and safety training and equipment provider Action Training Academy (ATA) has joined forces with consulting and training firm KBC Health & Safety (KBC) and working-at-height training provider Height Wise Training Academy to develop an encompassing health and safety training solution. “This... 

Computer-based programme to improve financial management of projects

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2011 Global project management education company Davis & Dean will expand its local service offering in the next two months when it introduces a computer-based simulation focused on the financial aspect of project management. 

Institutions need to align courses to facilitate further education 

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2011 The difficulties further education and training (FET) college graduates are experiencing in obtaining credits for overlapping courses from universities of technology and traditional universities is creating a dilemma in government's focus on education and skills development, says consulting... 

Training centre for construction tools opened in Sweden 

     15th July 2011 Atlas Copco Construction Tools, a division of industrial group Atlas Copco’s construction and mining technique business area, has established a training centre, in Kalmar, Sweden. 

Competition underscores mechatronics

By: Eleanor Seggie     16th July 2010 The Durban University of Technology (DUT) has won this year’s Cyber Junkyard Challenge, a mechatronics competition that drew entries from 11 engineering tertiary institutions in sub-Saharan Africa.  

Investing in early skills development

By: Eleanor Seggie     16th July 2010 Software development company Dariel Solutions sponsors the independent, nonprofit Vuleka School by setting up computers, networking, asymmetric digital subscriber lines and Internet connectivity through Internet service providers, to expose the learners to information technology (IT) at an early... 

Job shadow month to expose learners to the engineering environment

By: Eleanor Seggie     16th July 2010 Consulting engineering company SSI is participating in the Consulting Engineers South Africa’s National Job Shadow Month, in July, which aims to expose learners to the engineering environment, particularly consulting engineering. 

New programme for draughting academy

By: Eleanor Seggie     16th July 2010 Consulting engineers and project implementation company Hatch has developed and implemented a training programme for draughting education and training institution African Academy. 

designed for young adults

     17th July 2009 Business simulations designers Business Today has developed a range of experiential board-based business simulations, named the Business Laboratory, that are used worldwide as a vehicle for providing staff with a working knowledge of business and finance. 

Distance learning opens new doors

     17th July 2009 The shortage of electrical engineering specialists globally, owing to retirement, restructuring and rapid growth in new industries and technologies, has inspired engineering and technical training company IDC Technologies to develop an on-line electrical engineering qualification. 

Educational website for 
economic recovery launched

     17th July 2009 The global union federation Education International (EI) has launched a new campaign and website that aims to assist its 400 member organisations in their efforts to ensure that funding for public education is enhanced. 

Quality council for education should be operational by 2010

By: Petronel Smit     17th July 2009 A new quality council for education, the quality council for trades and occupations (QCTO) will take shape under the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and should be operational from April 1, 2010. 

Striking a balance between industry needs and training

By: Petronel Smit     17th July 2009 The Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM) reports that there is incongruity between the needs of industry and the training and education that students receive at tertiary institutions.


Transformation critical to higher education 
and training

By: Petronel Smit     17th July 2009 Independent statutory advisory body the Council on Higher Education (CHE), which advises to the Minister of Higher Education and Training and is responsible for quality assurance and promotion in higher education, CEO Dr Cheryl de la Rey tells Engineering News that opportunities for attaining a... 

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