Automotive component manufacturing industry now driving its skills pipeline

A collaborative public-private partnership known as High Gear is inserting the South African automotive element manufacturing {industry} as a pacesetter in strengthening the nation’s technical expertise improvement ecosystem. Managed by IYF and drawing collectively the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM), the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and worldwide funders, High Gear is channeling the wants of automotive element producers into enhanced coaching in public TVET schools. 

The mandate of TVET schools is to develop the nation’s fashionable productive financial system and create sustainable employment for younger South Africans whereas driving the transformation agenda. Developing and sustaining sturdy {industry} and TVET faculty partnerships is crucial for making certain that technical programs stay aligned with the ever-evolving manufacturing sector. This sort of shut alignment additionally helps to place TVET faculty graduates as first alternative amongst employers, whereas offering {industry} with the talents it must develop. 

High Gear is designed to allow this extra industry-aligned expertise improvement system by shifting the best way {that a} important financial sector collaborates with public TVET schools. With NAACAM as an anchor companion, High Gear attracts on the information, experience and demand of the affiliation’s membership base — greater than 130 automotive element producers — and interprets that into actionable partnerships with the TVET system. 

High Gear can also be positioned to assist DHET’s expertise technique interventions that underpin the Economic Recovery and Reconstruction Plan. The ERRP was created to maximise alternatives for brand new entrants to entry and succeed within the labour market, whereas preserving current jobs and creating new ones.

High Gear’s function inside the ERRP is to make sure that expertise will not be a constraint to financial restoration, reconstruction and transformation by demonstrating a partnership mannequin that may recurrently align TVET programs with present and rising calls for in {industry}. Ongoing curricula alignment and lecturing upskilling by means of office publicity, each of that are constructed into the High Gear mannequin, place TVET {qualifications} as versatile frameworks for normal and dynamic updates as {industry} wants evolve. 

High Gear is backed by catalytic funding from the UK Government’s Skills for Prosperity Programme, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. To maintain and scale High Gear, NAACAM is working to safe home funding that may guarantee this stays a long-term initiative and a core service providing of the affiliation. 

When designing High Gear, IYF’s first port of name was to work with NAACAM — the affiliation that serves because the voice of automotive element producers — to outline the {industry}’s expertise improvement priorities. The guiding framework for this evaluation was the South African Automotive Masterplan 2035, which has a goal of doubling employment within the nation’s automotive manufacturing sector and making certain that the native workforce is consultant of the nation’s demographics. 

NAACAM member corporations, which quantity greater than 150 in complete, recurrently take part in High Gear’s quarterly labour market surveys, to assist the venture’s companions in understanding the character of current expertise gaps and the breadth of future expertise required by the sector. The surveys additionally search to determine regional and sub-sector-specific nuances within the expertise surroundings. This data is then used to design interventions that information TVET faculty partnerships and course enhancements. 

Industry is supporting the programme by means of work built-in studying alternatives for TVET lecturers and college students, permitting each educators and learners to realize obligatory “real life” publicity that may enhance their technical information — particularly the place applied sciences are carried out and evolve at a speedy charge. Technical subject material specialists from the parts sector are additionally volunteering their time as {industry} visitor lecturers to share their experience. NAACAM is managing this element in KwaZulu-Natal, whereas the Automotive Industry Development Centre: Eastern Cape is taking the result in implement High Gear’s work-integrated studying element. 

Robotics and different Industry 4.0 manufacturing methodologies and instruments have been used within the home automotive sector because the early Nineties, and South African suppliers have been early adopters, particularly given that almost all Tier 1 suppliers are divisions of multinationals and have adopted applied sciences and manufacturing techniques from their international locations of origin.

Prior to High Gear, the automotive parts sector expertise improvement ecosystem was comparatively uncoordinated because of differing necessities throughout automotive assembler manufacturing traces, differing applied sciences, and staggered manufacturing launch instances that affect particular person suppliers’ strategy to expertise improvement. With NAACAM’s convening energy, High Gear has created a extra consolidated {industry} expertise technique that’s poised to assist South Africa’s improvement of a succesful and industry-relevant pool of younger expertise.

NAACAM believes High Gear represents a tangible alternative for element suppliers to collaborate meaningfully throughout the sector, and with TVET schools of their geographical space. Industry gamers can now play a number one function in growing and implementing a expertise roadmap for the sector and make sure that TVET lecturers and college students are given the prospect to take part in curriculum upgrading and re-silling, which is able to guarantee their future participation within the automotive sector.

As a crucial element of High Gear’s improvement of sustainable employment alternatives, NAACAM and IYF have launched a digital profession expertise platform (www.yakhifuture.org.za) that present TVET college students and different younger folks alternatives to discover profession pathways in automotive element manufacturing, develop industry-relevant expertise by means of interactive mini-games and on-line engineering examine aids, and seek for entry-level jobs by means of linkages to the Office of the Presidency’s SAYouth.mobi platform. 

By Shivani Singh, Commercial Director, NAACAM, and Colin Hagans, High Gear Programme Director at IYF

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