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Education and Training

Conference to address shortage of STEM graduates

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     27th July 2018 The second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Conference and Career Expo will aim to address a shortage of technically skilled STEM graduates in South Africa. The conference will be held at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, Gauteng, from July 27 and 28. STEM... 

AECOM focused on funding STEM education for women

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     27th July 2018 This year, integrated infrastructure delivery firm AECOM’s Educational Trust received more that 4 000 applications for bursaries for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) degrees from universities across South Africa – a significant increase from the 50 applications received last... 

AECOM focused on funding STEM  education for women
TSHILIDZI LUTSINGE Keabetswe Beverly Sehoole and Nokubonga Lady-Peace Nxumalo will receive funding from the AECOM Educational Trust this year

Blended learning can improve maths, science results

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     27th July 2018 Blended learning, a combination of traditional classroom learning and online learning, can assist South African high school and university students in understanding complex formulas in mathematics and science, says wireless connectivity firm Ruckus Networks sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan... 

Graduate programme ensures pipeline of new talent

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     27th July 2018 Sixteen graduates have been accepted into Southern African Caterpillar dealer Barloworld Equipment’s two-year graduate programme this year, during which time they will gain industry knowledge and an understanding of the mining, construction and power sectors in which the company operates. “The... 

Graduate programme  ensures pipeline of new talent
GRADUATE PROGRAMME Of the 16 graduates accepted this year, only one is male

Sappi to combat artisan skills dearth with two new centres

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     27th July 2018 To ensure an adequate supply of skilled labour and artisans, pulp and paper company Sappi has opened training centres in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. Sappi opened a training centre at its Saiccor mill in Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal, in January and at its Ngodwana mill near Mbombela, in Mpumalanga,... 

Sappi to combat artisan skills dearth with two new centres
ARTISAN TRAINING The two new training centres aim to combat the dearth of artisan skills in South Africa

Colliery Training College

27th July 2018 The Colliery Training College (CTC) – an important centre for artisan and mining skills training in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga – has been part of the coal mining industry since 1964. Prominent mining companies such as Anglo American Thermal Coal, Exxaro, Glencore, Izimbiwa Coal, Kangra Coal and... 

Colliery Training College

Outreach programme providing opportunities for participants

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Engineering company Bosch’s Outreach Robotics Programme has provided participants the opportunity to compete in the 2017 World Robot Olympiad, in Costa Rica, in November this year. 

Outreach programme providing  opportunities for participants
MARKUS THILL The programme aims to ensure that children from various backgrounds have an opportunity to study robotics

Company to hold short courses and workshops this year

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Environment solutions company I-CAT plans to hold a range of external, environment-oriented short courses and workshops at its Pretoria-based training facility by the last quarter of this year, as a means to keep the industry updated on legislation changes and the responsibility of industry players. 

Company to hold  short courses and workshops this year
Photo by Duane Daws
LOURENS JANSEN VAN RENSBURG I-CAT uses highly qualified and experienced facilitators to provide competency-based specialised training programmes

Education institutions struggling with connectivity

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Amid water, electricity and basic infrastructure challenges at various education institutions, the lack of Internet connectivity has also been a challenge, states wireless connectivity firm Ruckus sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan Graham. 

Education institutions  struggling with connectivity
RIAAN GRAHAM Connectivity to the Internet is essential and if it is available at a school, WiFi can be used to distribute access to the students

First red-seal toolmaker certificates handed over

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 The National Tooling Initiative Programme (NTIP) celebrated the milestone of handing over the first red-seal toolmaker occupational certificates to twelve graduates last month at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, in Pretoria. 

First red-seal toolmaker certificates handed over
SEAL OF APPROVAL The first cohort of graduates received their red-seal toolmaker occupational certificates last month

More engineers needed to support local projects

By: Robyn Wilkinson     28th July 2017 As part of its drive to promote and support the engineering profession at multiple levels, the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is establishing an intervention programme that will focus on accrediting engineering academies for training candidates for the purposes of registration within... 

More engineers needed to support local projects
SIPHO MADONSELA Developing and sustaining a relevant, transformed, competent and internationally recognised engineering profession is critical in meeting South Africa’s socioeconomic goals

Not enough high school mathematics and science graduates

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Irrespective of the considerable amount of money invested in the South African education system, engineering consultancy WSP Africa head of people, culture and engagement Elaine Porter, states that the number of high-school graduates with good results in higher-grade mathematics and science is... 

Not enough high school mathematics and science graduates
NECESSARY FOUNDATIONS Mathematics and science abilities cannot suddenly be learnt, without foundations in analytical skills

Colliery Training College

By: Zandile Mavuso     28th July 2017 The Colliery Training College (CTC) – an important centre for artisan and mining skills training in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga – has been part of the coal mining industry since 1964. Prominent mining companies such as Anglo American Thermal Coal, Exxaro, Glencore, Izimbiwa Coal, Kangra Coal and South... 

Colliery Training College

Training facility to improve skills deficit in artisan industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Industrial rope access specialist Skyriders Access Specialists aims to bridge the rope access skills deficit in the artisan industry through offering training at its Midrand-based facility, states Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn. 

Training facility to  improve skills deficit  in artisan industry
Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn gives a tour of their training facility, in Midrand. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Software-defined storage allows schools to use commodity hardware to build storage pool

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Enterprise open-source software company SUSE has released what it calls software-defined storage which supports schools using free open-source software (FOSS), says SUSE client executive Derek Rule. 

Software-defined storage allows schools to use commodity hardware to build storage pool
DEREK RULE The global community of open-source software users and developers provides a constant stream of updates and improvements

Mentoring entrepreneurs produces sustainable businesses

By: Sascha Solomons     22nd July 2016 Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) stand a better chance of success if large businesses share their skills and expertise with SMEs, says global consumer goods company Procter & Gamble (P&G). “We have often heard . . . that the innate creativity and enthusiasm of South Africans means that... 

Computer-based training tool developed for process operators

By: Sascha Solomons     22nd July 2016 Electrical engineering services provider Matra has developed a computer-based training (CBT) tool to demonstrate how multiple variables affecting one another can be applied to any process in the chemicals and pulp and paper industries. Matra sole proprietor David Leigh highlights that the... 

Computer-based  training tool developed  for process operators
COMPUTER-BASED TRAINING Is beneficial because expert knowledge of process engineers can be encapsulated in graphic format

Nurtured skills to benefit engineering sector

By: Sascha Solomons     22nd July 2016 Owing to there being a lack of welders, technicians and fitters, nonprofit organisation TEACH South Africa (TEACH) believes that nurturing pupils’ skills in mathematics, science and English in primary and secondary schools could significantly help to address the challenges in the engineering... 

Nurtured skills to benefit engineering sector
TEACH SOUTH AFRICA To address challenges in the engineering sector

Training courses improve engineering skills, businesses and future stability

By: Sascha Solomons     22nd July 2016 South African Energy and Water Skills Education Training Authority-accredited training provider Terra Firma Academy believes that South Africa’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and its intention to provide a sustainable energy and water supply can be supported through appropriate short... 

Training courses improve engineering  skills, businesses and future stability
Photo by Duane Daws
SHORT COURSES Offer engineers quick and intense training sessions on specific topics

Scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education under spotlight

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd July 2016 Advancing teaching innovation and research excellence in higher education will be the focus of this year’s Annual Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Conference. The conference, in its tenth year, is an international gathering of academics and researchers that will be held at the Southern Sun... 

Scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education under spotlight
GATHERING FOR ACADEMIC DEBATE The Annual Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Conference will be taking place for the tenth time this year

Improved Stem curriculum can benefit engineering sector

By: Sascha Solomons     22nd July 2016 A nationwide need for improved curriculum delivery in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) education in primary and secondary schools, which skills and enterprise development organisation ORT South Africa (ORT SA) has responded to, will see more pupils studying... 

Developing existing skills to benefit businesses

By: Sascha Solomons     22nd July 2016 To upskill professionals with degrees in the engineering industry and natural sciences, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) has added an expert level course in Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) to its range of offerings that already includes Energy... 

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

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 &... 

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... 

Company invests R6.7m  in local skills development
MOULDING MINDS The Zest WEG Group has training facilities in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Rustenburg and most recently opened its Middelburg facility

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

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

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.

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

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... 

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

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... 

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... 

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