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With the highest pass rate in 25 years, companies in the mer-sector are spoiled for choice from a large pool of candidates for apprenticeships and learnerships.
The ’19 Matric class opens wonderful breaks for manufacturing, engineering and related companies to gear up their training for greater demand, given the vast opportunities that are arising from the highly successful investment conferences held by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Our Return on Investment tool, which we launched last year with the Retail Motor Industry Organisation, makes it clear that investment in training can have up to 200% return within the first two years.
This tool enables a company to quickly and simply estimate the potential contribution a single apprentice can make during the training period.
Companies interested in training in the Automotive Mechanic, Automotive Spray Painter and Automotive Body Repairer disciplines can easily calculate their financial returns on apprenticeships. This tool is available via the merSETA website.
Although domestic new vehicle sales declined again up to December 2019, there has been substantial growth in our vehicle exports.
According to NAAMSA, vehicle exports registered another annual record with total exports at 386,863 units which is an improvement of 35,724 vehicle exports or a gain of 10,2% compared to the 351,139 vehicles exported in 2018.
Exports of passenger cars, in particular, registered a substantial rise, in volume terms, of 17.7%.
Many don’t realise that total automotive revenue in South Africa amounted to R503 billion in 2018. Figures for 2019 will certainly show an increase given the higher exports.
This alone should encourage you, company owners, to take on apprentices and increase training ventures at your premises.
Make use of the opportunity to engage new apprentices and launch learnerships as the ’19 Matric class enters the job market in the next few months.
‘Till next month!
Wayne Adams
merSETA Acting CEO