Leveraging 4IR for VET in South Africa

Centre of Excellence/Incubation Hub

Apprentice voices during Unconference
  1. Lab Host(s) David Setlhake (FESTO) and Nalinee Soobramoney (Dual System Pilot Project (DSPP) - DHET)
  2. Participants: 12 participants from government, private and international development and technical cooperation agencies
  3. Challenges highlighted:
    • There is no central repository / centre where information on youth skills demands and employment can be sourced, e.g indicating jobs available, special training interventions, documentation of skills gaps, presentation of industry offers, etc,
  4. Potential Solutions:
    • Establishment of a database highlighting key skills needs, including soft skills, skills needs in the renewable energy sector, etc both specialist skills and generalist skills,  
    • Establish a technical centre of excellence for renewable energy in the water sector, with an incubation hub for apprentices to learn work readiness training linked to industry demand
    • Get input from private sector to design a curriculum on renewable energy with relevant experts from industry
    • Ensure work integration of curriculum to improve employability
    • Get buy-in from the steering committee of the Association of Municipal Electricity Utilities (AMEU) responsible for all local municipalities for possible provision of services
  5. Possible next Steps:
    • Ekurhuleni East College (EEC) - To provide a facility to establish the centre of excellence and incubation hub
    • Tshimologong / Makerspace - To design an apprentice database for easy industry access
    • Macsteel - To design and implement a work integrated learning curriculum for corporate soft skills and work readiness training
    • FESTO - To provide project management
    • DHET (DSPP Manager) – To oversee project
    • SEIFSA – To provide supervisory management
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