“The successful development of these skills is critical to achieving the South African Automotive Masterplan 2035 objective of doubling of employment in the value chain.”
High Gear’s work in the Eastern Cape is funded by the US Agency for International Development and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, a charitable, non-profit private foundation established by the Dell family.
The UK government’s Skills for Prosperity Programme is funding High Gear implementation in KwaZulu-Natal.
“The optimisation of TVET education that links learners with employers, provides industry with a direct opportunity to shape and develop the technical and soft skills they need. It also provides industry participants with a personal, first-hand view of potential employees,’’ Singh said.
High Gear programme director Colin Hagans said TVET staff and students would receive workplace exposure involving short visits and periods of observation at manufacturing companies, in addition to workplace-based experience, lasting up to 55 days in a real-world workplace.