..... "Many of the projects we are embarking on are aimed at young people... one of the things we are going to test drive is the German system where young people get into colleges and do theoretical work..."
The topic Renewable Energy Technologies (RET) was integrated into a three-year NC(v) programme at seven TVET colleges with 500 students. Teaching and learning materials have been developed and are now being used.
Educators and industry players, generally operate in divergent worlds. Their networks and associations have few overlaps, resulting in limited understanding and appreciation for each other’s operational reality.
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„…a very exciting programme, that we are working with, together with GIZ. It is the Dual System Pilot Project DSPP, and we are very proud to be associated with this initiative…“
Kevin Pillay CEO, Siemens Mobility, South Africa
The International Association of Colleges (IAC) in Southern Africa hosted the 9th Pan African TVET Colleges Conference in Cape Town, South Africa on the 18-19 October 2018, focused on the theme, “Educating for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)”. The conference was attended by 130 stakeholders from TVET and FET Colleges, representatives from Industry, National Government and Academia as well as representatives from the international community.
Phumlani Vernon Simamane is one of 90 young men and women trained in the Construction Center of Excellence at the Esikhawini Campus Umfolozi TVET College in Richards Bay, South Africa, as plumber, carpenters and bricklayers modeled on the German dual apprenticeship training system. It is a project within the framework of the Vocational Training Partnership between the Kreishandwerkerschaft Steinfurt-Warendorf and Umfolozi TVET College, which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development since November 2015.
Editor’s note: The following article and photographs submitted by Tanja Merensky-Hartinger were prepared by ‘Skills Development and Employment Programmes’, an initiative of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
The Dual System Apprenticeship Training model, which has been applied with great success in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, has recently been introduced to South Africa under the auspices of the German GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit/ The German Association for International Co-operation).
Skilled labour is the backbone of every economy. Germany is proud of implementing several skills and employment programmes in cooperation with our partners from National Treasury and the Department of Higher Education and Training.
Port Elizabeth TVET College
is one of seven colleges that
participated nationally in 2015
in an initiative to roll-out the
elective subject Renewable Energy
Technologies NCV level 2.
The subject forms part of the
Electrical Infrastructure Construction
Forty students were enrolled for
the first examination ...
Skills for Green Jobs as well as Skills Development for a Green Economy participates in the Working World Exhibition 2016. We will support the Eastern Cape partner colleges to showcase selected careers in an hands-on approach to guide learners into informed career choices for the green Economy.
On the occasion of the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma’s visit to Germany in November 2015, the South African Embassy in Berlin, together with Mc Kinsey, is hosting a ‘Symposium on Youth Skills Development and Employment Creation’.
Development cooperation in the area of Skills Development and TVET between the two countries has a long history. Currently, the main programmes, implemented by GIZ on behalf of BMZ, focus on: (i) Skills development and employment, (ii) Entrepreneurship, (iii) Green economy.
A recently published study reveals that in many European countries, young people are left without career prospects. Statistics show that in early 2014, a total of 5.5 million young people in the European Union were jobless, a 22% unemployment rate among this age group.
Student at Rhodes University researches this question for his dissertation
Renewable Energy Technologies (RET) is a new NC(V) optional subject. The first 4 student books for NQF level 2 were developed for the 2015 curriculum and will be available in a revised edition for the 2016 curriculum, accompanied by a lecturer guide.
A recent report published by Citigroup US examines the likely costs of different energy sources. Findings in the report forecast that the funds to be spent on energy (both capital expenditure and fuel) over the next quarter century will be unimaginably large, at around US$200 trillion. The energy industry is faced with choices, and the report outlines two scenarios: 1) a business as usual or 'inaction' on climate change scenario, and 2) a different energy mix that offers a lower carbon alternative.
In October 2015, South Africa will become the first country in Africa to host the International Renewable Energy Conference – SAIREC. It provides a global platform for government, private sector and civil society leaders to advance renewable energy.
What the Work Based Exposure Programme offers companies
Despite unemployment figures being staggeringly high in South Africa, companies struggle to fill their vacancies with adequately skilled candidates. It is clear that the skills of current students are not matched to the requirements of industry. In addition, students often do not have an understanding of work culture or work ethics.
South Africa has one of the worst youth-unemployment problems in the world. One large contributing factor to this statistic is the clear mismatch between the skills taught at school and those required by the economy and industry as a whole. The Work Based Exposure Programme (WBE) is an effective and innovative way to bridge the gap between the world of school and the world of work: TVET college NCV students get to spend time in organisations and get the chance to see what employers are looking for, gain exposure, gain experience and prepare for the working world accordingly.
South Africa takes part in the WorldSkills Competition for the first time
The recently held WorldSkills Competition, the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world, saw a German winner in plumbing: Nathanael Liebergeld, aged 21. He is an apprentice in an occupational qualification programme (dual system), learning in both a plumbing & heating company in his home town as well as in a TVET college and training Center.