As the global automotive industry is experiencing a chronic skills shortage, with reports that suggest that skills such as motor body repair and spray painting, petrol mechanics, diesel mechanics, welding, vehicle body building and auto electrical are in the least supply, it is estimated that the sector is set to face a shortage of 2.3 million skilled workers by 2025 and 4.3 million by 2030.
This was revealed when Nissan South Africa donated engine unit sets comprising of engines, gearboxes and differentials valued over 2 million Rand to University of Johannesburg and five other Technical Vocational Education and Training institution based in Gauteng, Limpopo and North West, South Africa.
Through the Motor Technology Enhancement Programme (MTEP), Nissan is partnering with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to enhance the skills development of learners at the University of Johannesburg and 5 TVET Colleges.
The aim of the MTEP is to enhance the colleges’ motor technology curriculum, with the intention of making them responsive to the needs of the ever-evolving automotive industry.
Speaking on the partnership, Nissan South Africa Country Director, Kabelo Rabotho said,“Nissan has embarked on a journey to support skills development and training in higher education institutions across South Africa, through actively supporting projects that are focused on resolving societal challenges. We’re committed to working to improve the lives of South Africans and communities in areas such as education, the environment and humanitarian aid.
He said, “our approach as Nissan towards advanced teaching and skills development is informed by our commitment towards: advancing the United Nations Sustainable goal of Inclusive and Quality education, furthering the South Africa’s Automotive Masterplan 2035, which amongst others commits the industry towards the development of new technologies and skills, and Nissan’s own sustainability strategy pillar of realizing a more inclusive society.’’
“Today’s automotive technicians need to be equipped with the best in equipment and parts to ensure that their problem-solving skills and innovative capabilities are enhanced for the better. We trust these donations will add great value to the learners,”Rabotho said
Responding, UJ’s Head of School for Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Technology, Dr. Samuel LoyisoGgibani said, ‘’having Nissan South Africa as our partner in the journey towards establishing an up-to-date motor technical programme, with tools and state-of-the-art equipment is a dream come true for us.”
Also speaking, The Principal, Tshwane North College, Dr. ThembiTsibogo said, ‘’the engines will provide experiential training to students who are studying automotive programmes in the Engineering Faculty, and this will enable lecturers to enhance learning by providing practical demonstrations and application of the subject content.”
In addition to UJ, the five TVET Colleges receiving the engine sets are: Tshwane North, Tshwane South, Waterberg, Vuselela, and Central Johannesburg. The MTEP will also donate an engine unit to UJ.
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