ATI boosts artisan skills in Northern Cape


Technical training provider the Artisan Training Institute (ATI) has announced the acquisition of the De Beers’ technical training campus (DBTTC) in a transaction that will bring new economic activity to the Northern Cape province.

ATI, one of the leading training institutions in South Africa, is strongly positioned to develop the DBTTC, ensuring an increase in the throughput of trained artisans in the region, and the future operation of the facility. Like most emerging markets, South Africa is under pressure to train more artisans.

Registered engineering apprentices have decreased radically over the past five years, from approximately 30,000 in 2015/16 to approximately 10,000 youth in training currently.

Sean Jones, managing director of ATI, says the acquisition of the new campus will play a critical role in reigniting opportunities for youth in the Northern Cape.

“We are delighted that the De Beers group has put its trust in ATI to continue the excellent track record of producing skilled artisans at an internationally accredited level at the campus,” says Jones.

ATI has been working closely with government and private sector partners to expand its technical training offering to create new pathways for youth to enter the job market. Subsequently, the institute has outlined plans to implement youth development initiatives as part of the transaction.

ATI has successfully piloted a mid-level skills programme for Harambee, a leading non-profit organisation focusing on creating livelihoods for youth. The Installation Repair and Maintenance (IRM) programme bridges the gap between engineering theory and work readiness.

ATI plans to roll out the IRM programme at the Kimberley facility.

“This approach creates new revenue streams for the centre, making use of some of the vacant workshops and bolstering its corporate social responsibility commitments within the Northern Cape,” says Jones.

Both the De Beers facility and ATI have a long history and reputation for delivering quality technical training in South Africa making the transaction a logical fit. The two operations service similar customers in mainly the mining, engineering, transport, construction, government, and agricultural industries.