CTC trains future artisans to be ready for Industry 4.0

Colliery Training College (CTC) in partnership with various Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) aims to prepare future engineers for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

CTC's core objective is to provide training for artisans in the metals, engineering and related sectors.

Through its Memorandum of Understanding with the major Seta's that govern training in the industrial sectors, CTC is developing engineers that will have the skills needed for economic growth.

"We teach learners the basics of their respective trades; we provide them with tools and the basic hand skills to use the various items in their toolkits. "

Training with a difference

The major difference between CTC and other private providers is its unusual ownership model.

"The fact that we are owned by our major customers takes the focus away from a profit motive to a service excellence motive."

As a result CTC is supported by some of the leading stakeholders in the engineering sector including Glencore, Exxaro and many more.

Delivering practical courses

"Students are thoroughly trained in both the theoretical and practical aspects in their course of study."

Due to the practical elements of the courses, training is offered in a class setup rather than through correspondence or online mediums.

"We bring the theory of each trade to life by giving practical demonstrations by experienced tradesmen and women and then we assess the learners ability to use the skills demonstrated to them. "

Training facilities include workshops where students can work with raw materials and receive hands-on training.

Training courses are prescribed by the QCTO and delivered according to the learners needs.

"The QCTO dictates what should be taught to the learners, the client’s needs dictate how we should deliver the training and the individual learners dictate when training takes place."

According to CTC courses are flexible allowing students to progress at their own pace, within reason.

"Training is done on a modular basis, and a self-paced method of study is applied."

Preparing for the future

CTC also seeks to develop sustainable solutions for the manufacturing and engineering sector.

Their aim is to look beyond the current industry demands and prepare for future needs with the help of stakeholders.

The CTC 2018 Open day will feature talks on how artisans should be trained for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Employers are invited to attend the Open Day on 9 November 2018. Click link to register

By Cindy Payle - Portal Publishing

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