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Education and Training

Opportunities to improve artisan programme despite slow start

By: Cameron Mackay     16th July 2021 While the Artisan 4.0 programme is still in its first year, there are various opportunities to improve the programme going forward, says industry education entity the Colliery Training College (CTC) MD Johan Venter. CTC introduced the Artisan 4.0 programme last year in four phases, as the... 

Manufacturer provides solutions for distance learning

By: Cameron Mackay     16th July 2021 Educational engineering equipment manufacturer and importer Amtec Techniquip has developed new products to assist in local distance learning at a time when learners cannot physically access their engineering learning institutions. “Two trends we’ve been adapting to are the integration of... 

Company designs science centre, educational mobile games

By: Cameron Mackay     16th July 2021 Design agency Formula D Interactive has completed the concept design for a science centre in Mbombela (formerly Nelspruit), Mpumalanga; the design for the centre has been commissioned by a local non-governmental organisation and social impact organisation for a school in the area. “We’re about to... 

WONDERDAL EDUTAINMENT CENTRE
Formula D Interactive is incorporating behavioural science into its design process, which is having a significant impact on the efficacy of these solutions.
WONDERDAL EDUTAINMENT CENTRE Formula D Interactive is incorporating behavioural science into its design process, which is having a significant impact on the efficacy of these solutions.

It’s people, not technology, that deliver digital transformation reality

15th July 2021 By Nkosi Kumalo, Managing Executive BCX EXA Digital transformation has become an operational necessity. It is the roadmap to process, the journey to digitalisation success and the GPS coordinates the organisation needs to shift gears into the future.  

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Is your training provider ready for Industry 4.0?

17th July 2020 The Colliery Training College (CTC), is a training center for artisan and mining skills in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga. CTC has been part of the coal mining industry since 1964 and is supported and owned by the prominent mining houses in the area namely Anglo-American Thermal Coal, Seriti, Exxaro,... 

Is your training provider ready for Industry 4.0?

Pandemic presents e-learning opportunity for university

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th July 2020 Globally, higher education institutions are facing unprecedented challenges resulting from physical distancing practices owing to Covid-19. 

DIGITAL LEARNING 
The University of Pretoria, as the leading adopter in the late 1990s of online teaching and learning management platforms, has always supported faculties to engage in online activities
DIGITAL LEARNING The University of Pretoria, as the leading adopter in the late 1990s of online teaching and learning management platforms, has always supported faculties to engage in online activities

4IR skills map way forward  

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th July 2020 With continuous improvements in technology, there is a need for concurrent upskilling across all sectors, especially as the reality of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has set in locally. 

ASTRID STRAUSSNER
The traditional education system is still important, although it needs to adopt new ways of delivering its content
Polytech Africa MD ​Astrid Straussner​ tells ​Engineering News ​about the company’s Mechatronics Academy. Camerawork: ​Creamer Media’s​ Kutlwano Matlala​.​ Editing: ​Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd​.​ Recorded: 28.02.2020

TEC programme benefits local colleges, communities

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th July 2020 As vocational students were graduating with skills that were not in demand by industry, engine manufacturer Cummins and multinational corporation Komatsu have partnered at eight Technical Education for Communities (TEC) sites globally, including the South African site launched in 2017. 

HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPORT 
The Technical Education for Communities programme at the Sedibeng Technical and Vocational Education and Training College, in Gauteng is supported by the Department of Higher Education and Training
HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPORT The Technical Education for Communities programme at the Sedibeng Technical and Vocational Education and Training College, in Gauteng is supported by the Department of Higher Education and Training

Technology company adapts to signals of change

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th July 2020 ABB University – which operates under the auspices of technology provider ABB – has adapted successfully to the different education and training environment ushered in by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

CULTURE SHIFT
All prospective students are now urged to complete the online prerequisites at their own place of work or home, prior to attending the practical training at ABB
CULTURE SHIFT All prospective students are now urged to complete the online prerequisites at their own place of work or home, prior to attending the practical training at ABB

Brick supplier completes Gauteng school project

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th July 2020 Face brick supplier Corobrik has completed the supply of its bricks for the construction of Noordgesig Primary School’s administration block and hall. 

WINTER SEASON BENEFITS 
The Corobrik clay face brick offers enhanced thermal comfort by retaining warmth in winter
WINTER SEASON BENEFITS The Corobrik clay face brick offers enhanced thermal comfort by retaining warmth in winter

College bridging the gap in artisan training

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     26th July 2019 Artisan and mining skills training college Colliery Training College (CTC), in Witbank, Mpumalanga has systems in place to bridge the current skills gap in South Africa. 

JOHAN VENTER
Future artisans will be equipped with far more technological skills
JOHAN VENTER Future artisans will be equipped with far more technological skills

Institute increases training, opens doors to public

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     26th July 2019 Materials testing and materials sector training facility Cermalab intends to open its training courses to the public next year and has started to expand its training institute to offer a variety of courses. 

HARD AT WORK
The Institute for Ceramic Education was established in 2018 to cater to the significant demand for training in the ceramics industry
HARD AT WORK The Institute for Ceramic Education was established in 2018 to cater to the significant demand for training in the ceramics industry

Training institute creates learner support initiatives

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     26th July 2019 Technical skills training provider Artisan Training Institute (ATI) is creating new initiatives and expanding on existing initiatives to develop the local artisan training industry in terms of skills development and gender composition. 

MANDISA SOWAZI AND SEAN JONES
ATI focuses on quality training by hiring experienced professionals as trainers and educators
MANDISA SOWAZI AND SEAN JONES ATI focuses on quality training by hiring experienced professionals as trainers and educators

Training services expand in tight spaces

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     26th July 2019 Pending approval from the skills education and training authority, industrial rope access company and work at height trainer Skyriders Access Specialists will launch its rope access confined-space course. 

TIGHT SQUEEZE 
The rope access confined-space course is not limited to those working in confined spaces
TIGHT SQUEEZE The rope access confined-space course is not limited to those working in confined spaces

When only the best is good enough

26th July 2019 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 houses (Anglo American Thermal Coal, Seriti, Exxaro, Glencore, Izimbiwa Coal, Kangra Coal and South32)... 

When only the best is good enough

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... 

TSHILIDZI LUTSINGE 
Keabetswe Beverly Sehoole and Nokubonga Lady-Peace Nxumalo will receive funding from the AECOM Educational Trust this year
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
Of the 16 graduates accepted this year, only one is male
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,... 

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

MARKUS THILL
The programme aims to ensure that children from various backgrounds have an opportunity to study robotics
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. 

LOURENS JANSEN VAN RENSBURG
I-CAT uses highly qualified and experienced facilitators to provide competency-based specialised training programmes
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. 

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
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. 

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

SIPHO MADONSELA 
Developing and sustaining a relevant, transformed, competent and internationally recognised engineering profession is critical in meeting South Africa’s socioeconomic goals
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... 

NECESSARY FOUNDATIONS
Mathematics and science abilities cannot suddenly be learnt, without foundations in analytical skills
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. 

WORK AT HEIGHT
Work at height is one of the most common safety risks at all sites
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. 

DEREK RULE
The global community of open-source software users and developers provides a constant stream of updates and improvements
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
Is beneficial because expert knowledge of process engineers can be encapsulated in graphic format
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... 

TEACH SOUTH AFRICA
To address challenges in the 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... 

SHORT COURSES
Offer engineers quick and intense training sessions on specific topics
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... 

GATHERING FOR ACADEMIC DEBATE
The Annual Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Conference will be taking place for the tenth time this year
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... 

CLEANTECH RISING Semifinalists of Unido's Global Cleantech Innovation Programme undergo a training and mentorship programme to help develop their SMEs
Photo by Bloomberg
CLEANTECH RISING Semifinalists of Unido's Global Cleantech Innovation Programme undergo a training and mentorship programme to help develop their SMEs
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