The Ekurhuleni Artisan and Skills Training Centre has been consistently recognised as
a pioneering organisation in the skills development sector, with award winning
entrepreneur Marthie Jansen van Rensburg at the helm.
In order to ensure that one is always in a positive financial situation, it is
important to understand the risks associated with your business and review
or adjust financial policies according to any major changes on a regular basis.
Stakeholders in the tooling industry will meet to discuss international and
regional trade, government regulations, international trading conditions,
trends, new technology and new techniques driving the industry and any
other critical issues of concern.
The Decade of the Artisan programme, launched by the Department of Higher
Education and Training aims to place artisanship as a career of choice for
young people, with the goal of producing 30 000 artisans annually.
The revitalisation of the training capacity for toolmakers must be
the biggest success story in South African training history, says Vusi Mkhize,
chairman of the Toolmaking Association of South Africa (TASA) Gauteng.
The Minister of Higher Education and Training announced, at the start of 2014,
that the country would need to produce more than double the amount of
artisans it is currently generating in order to meet the skills demand.
When school leavers are asked what they want to do post matric, the normal
answer is some or other white collar profession. Yet the majority of
opportunities in South Africa are created through a trade such as welding.
Manufacturers rely on skilled people to operate advanced technology, which is
a basic requirement of the sector. The new Master Toolmaker Programme is
designed to equip individuals with the competency to perform these tasks.
Mechanical engineering students had the opportunity to show off their talents
at the Sasol Baja SAE 2013 inter university design competition. Students were
challenged to design and build off-road vehicles.
Using real-world engineering practices to conquer design and building
challenges, students in the engineering field of study will have the opportunity
to flex their creative muscles and compete at a national level.