MerSeta invests R10 million in engineering development

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In a bid to address critical skills shortages the Central University of Technology in
collaboration with MerSeta have set up a R10 million engineering development project
which will equip young people with the right skills.


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Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) is making great strides in support
of government’s commitment to close the shortage of skills in engineering fields.

The MerSeta delegation led by its CEO, Dr Raymond Patel, visited CUT to finalise the
R10 million project initiative of establishing a MerSeta Chair in Engineering
Development at CUT from 2014 to 2016.
"CUT was a perfect choice as a university of technology to take the
chairpersonship of Engineering Development; especially in FET Sector and Technology
Education Colleges in the Free Sate and Northern Cape Provinces. We have a shared
vision of what the field of engineering in education can become with the correct
support and development.' said Dr Patel.

MerSeta is one of South Africa’s 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities
(Setas) whose mandate is to promote skills development in various industry sectors
including metal and engineering, auto manufacturing, motor retail and component
manufacturing, tyre manufacturing, as well as the plastics industries.
"CUT regards this partnership as long term and important for us to contribute
significantly to the development of more engineers; especially our young people who
should be equipped with hard skills for business and industry,' said Prof Henk De
Jager, Deputy Vice Chancellor: Academic.

Some of the technical training of FET lecturing staff will be done in collaboration with
HAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland. Another focus will be technical
Secondary Schools in the Free Sate and Northern Cape Provinces, and finally the
promotion of women in engineering with a particular focus on schools and current
students.

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