Members of the successful 2013 matric class in the Western Cape can still
enrol for studies in 2014. Opportunities to obtain a globally sought after
qualification in the manufacturing sector are still up for grabs to qualifying
applicants in Cape Town.
To learn more about this wonderful study opportunity and explore an
exciting career path in manufacturing interested students can attend a "Careers
in manufacturing and toolmaking' open day at Northlink FET College.
Students have until 20 January 2014 to apply for tool, die and mould making
training as part of the National Tooling Initiative Programme?s TDM Powered
Foundation and Apprenticeship Programmes.
TDM Powered is a programme of the Intsimbi National Tooling Initiative and
a partnership between the Toolmaking Association of South Africa and the
Department of Trade and Industry (the dti).
The new Toolmaker qualification is formally registered on National Qualifications
Framework (NQF) Level 5; Occupational Certificate: Toolmaker. SAQA ID: 91796
with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
The TDM Powered Apprenticeship programme stretches over a period of
three years. The Programmes enable students and industry incumbents to
qualify as artisans, master artisans and engineers in tool, die and mould making,
a key support function for the manufacturing industry.
The learning content of both programmes is structured to include
fundamental and applied theory, trade theory, workshop practical training and
on-the-job training, providing students with extensive industry exposure and
Successful students can pursue exciting careers in a wide range of cross-
cutting industries such as the aerospace, automotive, chemical, electronics,
leisure, marine, medical, mining and packaging industries. Artisans and
engineers can work in these industries as tool designers, project managers, tool
die and mould makers, metrologists, specialist computer numerically controlled
machinists, engineering analysts etc.
The CEO of the National Tooling Initiative Programme, Dirk van Dyk, says the
training of sufficient skilled people for the tooling industry is of critical importance
as manufacturing is one of the cornerstones of the South African economy.
Manufacturing provides consumers with virtually all products that they use in
everyday life and creates economic growth, employment and wealth.
In order to produce high quality products at affordable prices, manufacturers
rely on advanced technology and highly trained people, provided by the tooling
manufacturing industry, to produce the tools, moulds and dies required for the
manufacturing process. "South Africa is currently experiencing a critical shortage
of technically skilled people in the tooling manufacturing industry. This obviously
has important implications for the manufacturing industry and continued growth
in the country' says Van Dyk.
The TDM Powered Programmes will be presented at the Wingfield Campus of
Northlink College in Goodwood; Cape Town as well as MCD Training Center (Pty)
Ltd, Duncan Road, Table Bay Harbour: Cape Town. Entry requirements are Grade
12 / NC(V)4 / N3 with required subjects: Mathematics, Physical Science /
Engineering Science and English.
The Open Day will tak place at Northlink FET College, Wingfield Campus,
SAS Wingfield Naval Base, Vanguard Drive, GOODWOOD on 16 January 2014
from 10:00 - 16:00