Shortage of skills in the automotive sector a thing of the past

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Shortage of skills in the automotive sector a thing of the past Embargo: 29 November 2007 If the current relationship between the manufacturing and engineering SETA (MERSETA) and the AIDC ESDLE (employment and skills development lead employer) is anything to go by then the shortage of skills in the automotive sector will be a thing of the past. 242 learners will be awarded certificates after having embarked on level 2 learnerships in Autotronics, Automotive Repair & Maintenance (Passenger & Light Delivery vehicles), Auto Component Manufacturing & Assembly, Fitting, Fabrication and Mechatronics. Gauteng Premier, Mr. Mbhazima Shilowa, will deliver a keynote address. This project which is solely funded by the MERSETA to the tune of 9, 5 million rands is now in its second year. According Linda Nxumalo, MERSETA Project Manager, this project has enabled the MERSETA to create a labour pool in scarce skills. “We see this graduation as a good return on the investment we made in the future of this country. It also brings us closer to closing the skills gap” said Nxumalo. The Gauteng Province stands to benefit a great deal from this labour pool that has been created by this project. MERSETA’s funding of the project is in line with the province’s Human Resource Development (HRD) theme of “maximising human capital for shared growth”. “Over 60 % of the learners have secured employment and over 80% have finished training and are receiving nationally recognised certificates” said S’thabiso Madondo, Managing Director of the AIDC ESDLE which has implemented the project on behalf of MERSETA.

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Through this project and strong backing from MERSETA and AIDC, further education and training (FET) colleges that have previously not implemented the NQF (National Qualification Framework) system and those that did not understand the process of running a learnership, have been capacitated into understanding the requirements of ETQA (education, training and quality assurance) and the SETA process. This project is seen as a big achievement in that lives of ordinary South Africans have been changed through this intervention. Details of the graduation are as follows: Date: Venue: Time: Dress: Friday, 30 November 2007 Colosseum Executive Suite Hotel, 410 Schoeman STR (Cnr du Toit STR), Arcadia, PRETORIA 12:30 for 13:00 Formal

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