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Education & Skills Development News

Guidance and mentorship significant for women engineers

By: Dimakatso Motau     16th December 2011 There is a need for women to be nurtured and provided with the necessary support structure to excel in the engineering field to make a significant contribution to industry. 

Skills training key to success of major projects

16th December 2011 When executed successfully, the skills legacy of a major project ensures the effective, ongoing operation and asset management of the completed project, says engineering, management and specialist technical services company Aurecon. 

DST to fund 164 technology-linked interns

By: Henry Lazenby     14th December 2011 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) would fund the placement of 164 internships as part of its Science-, Engineering- and Technology- (SET-) linked internship programme, it said in a written response to a Parliamentary question on Wednesday. In response to a question posed by... 

More formal jobs in Q3 – Stats SA 

By: Henry Lazenby     13th December 2011 South Africa provided about 59 000 new formal jobs for people in the nonagricultaral sector during the third quarter of this year, the latest quarterly employment statistics survey (QES), undertaken by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), showed on Tuesday. This was a 0.7% change when compared... 

Canada-backed research grants available for African graduates

By: Dimakatso Motau     9th December 2011 Graduate students from Africa and Canada will have the opportunity to benefit from C$300 000 in funding, as the Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant has called for applications for the 2012 graduate research grant programme. 

Engineering firm seeks to bridge education-workplace divide

By: Dimakatso Motau     9th December 2011 To alleviate South Africa’s growing shortage of skilled professionals in the engineering and construction sectors, industry role players should be assisting students to bridge the gap between secondary school, tertiary education and the working environment. 

Technology giant teams up with technical high schools in skills push

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th December 2011 A new initiative by technology giant Samsung, the Samsung Electronics Engineering Academy, aims to leverage the youth’s interest in electronics to support educational and skills-development improvements. 

Samsung Africa launches solar-powered Internet schools

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th December 2011 Technology giant Samsung Africa has geared itself to increase accessibility to education and connectivity across Africa through the launch of its Solar Powered Internet School model at the Samsung Engineering Academy in Boksburg, South Africa, last month. 

More involvement from SA bosses cultivates success

By: Henry Lazenby     7th December 2011 South Africa’s employers have received a mixed report card, with slightly less than half of all survey respondents of the Kelly Global Workforce Index (KGWI) saying bosses have done a good job in preparing them for future success. The KGWI contains the views of about 97 000 people in 30... 

Anglo American launches entrepreneurial internships

By: Henry Lazenby     7th December 2011 Four to six aspiring entrepreneurs would be given an opportunity to take part in mining major Anglo American’s new Entrepreneur Internship Programme (EIP) in South Africa, the company said on Wednesday. The programme is intended to support economic growth. Entrepreneurs would be provided the... 

Millions to boost skills development

By: SA News     2nd December 2011 A R129-million agreement which is expected to improve the country’s skills development was announced on Friday by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.  

State IT firm promises to nurture small suppliers

By: Schalk Burger     2nd December 2011 The State Information Technology Agency (Sita) is focusing on growing the number of small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs) involved in information technology services in South Africa by using its tender processes to nurture their development, says Sita COO Khumbudzo Ntshavheni. 

SA has to focus on raising the competitiveness bar

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd December 2011 South Africa’s lack of economic competitiveness at the country level is a cause for concern and is undermining investor confidence, Frontier Advisory partner and Gordon Institute of Business Science (Gibs) adjunct lecturer Abdullah Verachia argued at a recent roundtable discussion. 

Siemens says it will create green jobs in Africa during 2012

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd December 2011 Diversified technology company Siemens aims to create about 500 green jobs in Africa, in 2012, as a continued growth strategy for the continent. 

Soweto training centre celebrates twentieth anniversary

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd December 2011 The Builders Training Centre (BTC), based in Soweto, a division of the South African–German Training Services (SAGTS), celebrated its twentieth anniversary in November and hopes to continue developing building skills for the construction industry.  

Technical skills expo to provide career guidance

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd December 2011 The shortage of skilled employees in the artisan and technical skills fraternity poses a threat to these industries, as the average working age of a qualified artisan has decreased from 54 years to 45 years in the last two years. 

R5m set aside by refinery for artisan learnership scheme

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd December 2011 Petrochemicals company Engen Refinery (Enref) has extended its learnership programme by three years, earmarking R5-million to take on 63 learners over this period to train them to artisan level in the areas of fitting, instrumentation and electrical. 

Gauteng has the highest OECD metro-region unemployment rate 

By: Henry Lazenby     30th November 2011 At 26.0% in the first quarter this year, the Gauteng city-region has the highest unemployment rate among about twenty metropolitan territories reviewed by the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD), the ‘Territorial Review of the Gauteng city-region’ report revealed on... 

Municipal infrastructure agency to help accelerate service delivery 

By: Henry Lazenby     25th November 2011 A new Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency (Misa) would be established next month to accelerate service delivery and enhance capacity among municipalities, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi announced this week. Opening a conference on accelerating... 

Purchasing power in emerging markets set for strong growth

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th November 2011 Companies will need to change their strategic direction to capitalise on new demands from a fast-growing global middle class, particularly in the emerging markets, a new report by tax firm Ernst & Young states.  

Firm serious about training, skills development

By: Sinette Goosen     25th November 2011 JSE-listed capital equipment and leasing firm Eqstra Holdings has invested heavily in training and skills development to overcome skills shortages and unemployment in the industry, and to further train its employees. 

Industrial equipment division committed to helping EC schools

25th November 2011 Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE), a division of JSE-listed Eqstra Holdings, visited schools in the Eastern Cape, in October, as part of the group’s ongoing commitment to support the educational needs of technical and agricultural educational institutions, as well as the feeder schools from... 

€50m committed to higher education programmes globally

25th November 2011 In 2011, its 125th anniversary year, technology supplier Bosch Group is expanding its higher education funding and launching a new global initiative. 

Leasing firm invests in technical schools to alleviate skills shortage

By: Sinette Goosen     25th November 2011 JSE-listed capital equipment and leasing firm Eqstra Holdings plans to spend R36-million in the next five years on a long-term project called Eqstralution, which will train, develop and educate young learners to take up positions in technical fields. 

Enterprise development given higher weighting in amended BEE law 

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2011 Cabinet has approved the publication of proposed changes to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Act, which have been made in a bid to align the legislation with the New Growth Path (NGP) and the Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap). The Amendment Bill, which has been released for... 

Draughting school aims to fill steel industry skills gap

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     18th November 2011 The School of Draughting, a joint venture between the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) and specialist in the design, detailing and fabrication of structural steelwork and platework Aveng Grinaker-LTA Mechanical & Electrical DSE Fabrication, is expanding its curriculum... 

Public- and private-sector input needed to reverse skills shortage

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     18th November 2011 Quality education by, and integrated commitment from, all sectors are needed to radically reverse the skills shortage in the engineering sector, asserts University of the Witwatersrand School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Emeritus Robert McCutcheon. 

Course to broaden consulting engineers’ business acumen

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     18th November 2011 There is a clear need for the additional development of engineering graduates to broaden their knowledge beyond pure engineering, asserts industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa).  

Unemployment results in increase of fake, nonaccredited degrees

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     18th November 2011 Stellenbosch-based Qualifications Verification Services (QVS) says there is a significant increase in the number of bogus and nonaccredited degrees and diplomas that are being submitted by South African citizens who seek employment opportunities.  

Engineering consultancy invests in skills development programmes

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     18th November 2011 Engineering consultancy Hatch Africa says resolving the skills shortage in the engineering sector in Africa requires proactive initiatives by the private sector, but also input and assistance from government.  

Steel giant emphasises importance of maths, science

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     18th November 2011 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa believes there is an opportunity for business to support initiatives aimed at improving mathematics and science at school level by developing and maintaining partnerships with educational institutions 

Brick-making business model to teach business science

By: Schalk Burger     18th November 2011 The Vaal University of Technology will run a brick-making machine as a model business to teach different discipline students about the various facets of profitably running a company and ensure that they have a broad understanding of the rigours of competitive business before they enter the... 

Over 4 000 girls placed in technical mentorship schemes since 2007

By: Dimakatso Motau     18th November 2011 Over 4 250 girls have been placed in corporate mentorship and job shadowing programmes since 2007, owing to the Techno Girl Programme (TGP). 

Proudly SA, Numsa, Manufacturing Circle add weight to SA’s buy-local plan 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th November 2011 Proudly South African, the Manufacturing Circle and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) signed a pledge on Thursday designed to help increase demand for locally produced products and services. The pledge, which was initialled by Proudly SA CEO Leslie Sedibe, Manufacturing... 

SA can't perform jobs magic – Zuma 

By: Sapa     11th November 2011 President Jacob Zuma conceded this week that the state of the global economy would likely prevent South Africa from reaching the growth necessary to create five million jobs by 2020. He told the National Assembly the target – contained in the New Growth Path – was set while the world was... 

Moving talent globally can create value rather than just costs

By: Dimakatso Motau     11th November 2011 Global mobility, which increasingly requires companies to move ‘talent’ around the world to take advantage of international business opportunities, can create more value for companies if the process is managed well, reports consulting firm Deloitte. 

Growth hinges on growing skills pipeline, survey shows

11th November 2011 Recruitment group Landelahni’s ‘Graduate Survey 2011’ shows that the number of graduates in core disciplines, such as engineering and information technology (IT), is not increasing rapidly enough to meet the country’s development requirements. 

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