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Education and Training

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... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.  

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).  

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. 

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. 

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.  

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... 

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. 

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. 

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... 

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.  

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. 

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. 

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... 

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. 

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.


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. 

Furnace supplier fires up skills development programme

By: Loni Prinsloo     18th July 2008 Supplier of submerged arc furnaces, Tenova Pyromet, is responding to the call for skilled personnel in a sector beset by skills shortages, through the implementation of its internship and training programmes. 

Project house implements training programme

By: Loni Prinsloo     18th July 2008 Consulting engineering and project management company Read, Swatman & Voigt (RSV) has implemented a programme to train draughtspeople. RSV computer-aided development (CAD) manager Danie de Waal tells Engineering News that the programme is inspired by the company’s recognition of the... 

Industry organisations grow SA's technical skills base

By: Loni Prinsloo     18th July 2008 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) supports the accelerated artisan training model that has been developed by the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) in a bid to grow the technical skills base in South Africa. 

Brick manufacturer's training centre receives recognition 

By: Loni Prinsloo     18th July 2008 Brick manufacturing company Corobrik's building training centre in KwaZulu-Natal has been appointed as a construction centre of excellence by the Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta). 

Trained field workers work for water

By: Loni Prinsloo     18th July 2008 Power tool manufacturer Stihl, in association with its two key training providers Practical solutions and Enviro Chainsaws have trained more than 4 000 field workers in the use of chainsaws and brushcutters to clear invasive alien vegetation threatening water resources countrywide. 

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. 

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