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Education and Training

Consulting engineers association builds skills

By: Loni Prinsloo     18th July 2008 The South African Association of Consulting Engineers (Saace) opened the School of Consulting Engineering (SCE) in a bid to provide an opportunity for consulting engineers, their clients and others in the built environment to enhance their business, professional and entrepreneurial skills. 

Fuel company pumps money into apprentice training initiative

By: Guy Copans     20th July 2007 Petrochemical giant Sasol is investing R140-million in the funding of a special artisan training project, scheduled to run until early 2010. The programme has additionally received R60-million in funding from the Chemical Industry Education and Training authority (Chieta), and the National Skills... 

Merseta launches SMME Abet initiative

20th July 2007 The Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education Training Authority (Merseta) has launched the third phase of its initiative to provide free Adult Basic Education and training to levy-paying small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). 

Writing course grows engineers' power of persuasion

By: Guy Copans     20th July 2007 Education and business solutions company Insite Training offers a technical report writing course for engineers that is designed to improve engineers� ability to write and construct a persuasive argument, says sales director Karl von Buddenbrock. 

Training company seeks to resolve basic skills development needs

20th July 2007 Private education and training company Didaxis, a division of eDegree, is a provider of Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET), and is geared towards tackling the basic needs of skills development, says MD Gregory Martin. 

Cape Town firm grows 'glowing' nuclear talent

By: Guy Copans     20th July 2007 At the beginning of this year, engineering services company Lesedi Nuclear Services, a full South African subsidiary of the French nuclear multinational giant, AREVA NP, developed a recruitment process, and identified and selected a number of young engineers from different tertiary institutions... 

Environment-friendly polystyrene building course launched

20th July 2007 Specialists in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of expanded polystyrene building systems, Automa Building Products (ABP), has opened a new training facility in Isando, Gauteng. 

Facilitator experience is key to academy success

By: Guy Copans     20th July 2007 The PANGAEA Academy together with Project Management and Construction forms part of the portfolio of the director Francois Bosch. 

Software group pledges resources to ease draughting-skills dearth

By: Dennis Ndaba     29th June 2007 One of the world’s leading software and services company for the building, manufacturing, and infrastructure sectors, Autodesk, and the African Academy, are working to decrease shortages of skilled workers. 

Increased efficiency cooling systems on offer, but skills in short supply

By: Keith Campbell     26th January 2007 South African turnkey cooling system, and process and industrial equipment, projects company DBT Technologies – trading as DB Thermal – will be introducing into the local market improved cooling technologies developed overseas by its sister companies, SPX Cooling Technologies and... 

Netherlands donates R69m for SA basic education research

22nd January 2007 The Dutch government will contribute R69-million over the next four years for a new literacy and numeracy research programme to be launched in South Africa on Tuesday. 

Domestic steel sales rose to record levels in 2006, imports at 30-year peak

18th January 2007 South Africa's domestic steel sales rose by 26,2% in 2006, to a record 5,34-million tons, according to data released by the South African Iron and Steel Institute on Thursday. Domestic sales in 2005 reached 4,23-million tons, 6,1% less than the previous year. Domestic sales amounted to 276 723 t... 

Varsity claims to be first to offer full specturm of engineering skills under one faculty

By: Jade Davenport     15th December 2006 The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE) at the University of Johannesburg has become the first tertiary institution to offer the full spectrum of engineering skills under a single umbrella. 

Global nuclear body has 61 projects under way in SA

By: Keith Campbell     15th December 2006 South Africa’s nuclear sector has benefited significantly in recent years, in terms of human capital development, from assistance from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). 

First cockpit simulator heads for mid-2007 completion

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2006 Following its success in creating a flight simulator based on the nose section of a scrapped South African Air Force Mirage F1CZ fighter, local enterprise Dooley’s Flight Simulation is now in the process of producing a flight simulator for young pupil pilots seeking private pilot’s... 

National initiative includes manufacture of 'sustainable packaging' as World Cup special

By: Jade Davenport     8th December 2006 A nationwide initiative to avoid and reduce the potential negative impacts of excessive waste and pollution during the 2010 World Cup has been launched by nongovernmental organisation (NGO) the Institute for Zero Waste (Izwa). 

Vehicle group introduces online career development initiative

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2006 Automotive group McCarthy has introduced a new online initiative – a dedicated website called Careers at McCarthy – to recruit employees for its various business operations. 

Ensuring a future for SA's satellite capability

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2006 South Africa’s microsatellite design, development and manufacturing company, Sun Space & Information Systems (SunSpace) – which is a high-tech spin-off company from the University of Stellenbosch – has been running a ‘satellite trainee’ programme as part of the... 

South African radio astronomy faces rapid growth

By: Keith Campbell     17th November 2006 With South Africa in the process of a large-scale and rapid expansion of its radio astronomy capabilities, the country is also looking to increase its corps of radio astronomers to take full advantage of the new instruments being developed. 

Union moves to support artisan-training drive

15th November 2006 The trade union Solidarity on Wednesday announced that it was to establish a new technical college, as part of its existing training company Sol-Tech, to concentrate specifically on training artisans in scarce and critical trades. 

Technology group launches first African cellular training institute in South Africa

By: Jade Davenport     10th November 2006 New York Stock Exchange-listed telecommunications multinational Motorola has launched the first Africa-based cellular engineering training facility in Johannesburg to help address the shortfall of technical cellular telecommunications skills in the region. 

Volkswagen to invest R400m in skills development

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2006 Volkswagen of South Africa (VWSA) will invest more than R400-million in training and skills development between now and 2010, in a project called “People for the Future”. 

Steps towards countering a serious skills shortage

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     27th October 2006 Petrochemicals giant Sasol will be investing R140-million into a skills development programme focused on combating the drastic artisan shortage. 

R6,8m contributed towards improving customer services at airport

By: Jade Davenport     20th October 2006 State-owned enterprise Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has identified human resources as a key focus for improved excellence and customer care at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), to be renamed OR Tambo International Airport as from next week. 

Curriculum review inadequate - Teta chief

By: Laura Tyrer     13th October 2006 South Africa’s further education and training institutions are failing to deliver the necessary services to develop urgently needed skills in the country, says Transport Education and Training Authority (Teta) CEO Dr Piet Bothma. 

Training academy to benefit the pump industry

6th October 2006 As a sign of its commitment to the pump industry in South Africa, the local subsidiary of Denmark-based Grundfos has built a world-class pump academy in Bedfordview. 

Pump training specialist tackles skills crunch

By: Clement Deane     6th October 2006 Pump training specialist 2KG Training is tacklng the skills shortage issue in South Africa, specifically with regard to the understanding of pumps. 

International pump specialist heads for SA

6th October 2006 Back by popular demand, the internationally acclaimed pump specialist and consultant, Larry Bachus will be presenting a comprehensive three-day seminar on Pumps and Pump Systems from 14-16 November 2006, at the Expo Centre at Nasrec. 

Completion of projects delayed by lack of contracting skills, R140-million approved for South African training

By: Jade Davenport     22nd September 2006 A shortage of global engineering contracting skills is delaying the execution of some of petrochemicals giant Sasol�s local and international projects. 

Skills-development academy launched

15th September 2006 The Development Bank of Southern Africa recently launched the DBSA Vulindlela Academy, an initiative to further enhance the DBSA’s contribution towards skills development and institutional capacity building. 

‘National effort’ needed to tackle engineering shortage

15th September 2006 If South Africa is to develop and achieve its full economic potential, a national effort will be required, with both government and private-sector support needed to boost enthusiasm among the youth to take up careers in engineering and science. 

University targets key skills through continuing education programme

15th September 2006 The need for skills development is a critical priority for South Africa and is currently receiving urgent attention from government. 

SA school chalkboard turns 50

15th September 2006 The year 2006 marks the 50th birthday of a product that three generations of South Africans have been exposed to since childhood - but most take for granted. 

IT company offers students practical business training

By: Clement Deane     15th September 2006 The Fujitsu head office in Rivonia has recently dedicated its time and energy into the training and development of young learners from two different high schools in Johannesburg. 

Students receive training in refrigeration, airconditioning

By: Clement Deane     15th September 2006 Students at the Open Trade Training Centre (OTTC) in Springs, on the East Rand, are receiving specialised training in industrial and commercial refrigeration, airconditioning and ammonia refrigeration. 

'Engineering TV' keeps industry updated

15th September 2006 With the ever-increasing workload burdening local engineers and the deployment of professionals to remote sites, the time and distance constraints can make accessibility to education and training challenging for local engineers, says South African Association of Consulting Engineering (Saace)... 

Association reports good response to training programme

By: Clement Deane     15th September 2006 Most of the feedback that the Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) has received so far regarding the continuing professional development (CPD) system has been positive, reports Daniella Melk, corporate communications manager of Ecsa. “We have had our teething problems, but we’re... 

Deputy President-led skills initiative prioritises 'organic' development over acquisistion

By: Helene Le Roux     15th September 2006 The Joint Initiative on Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa) is focusing on ‘organically growing’ the skills base that is required to make the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgisa) a success. While the initiators acknowledge that some specialist skills will... 

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