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What started as a critical Industry concern and scarcity of trades (within the Automotive Engineering Sector), identified by Mr Frank Mac Nicol: ERA National Executive Committee Chairman, many years ago and a vision shared by the RMI REMAN Cluster: ERA Member-base, have now come to realization.
The RMI ERA / DoL (Depart. of Labour) / MerSETA Pilot Training Project have officially started with training 20 Apprentices (10 X Engine Automotive Machinists and 10 X Engine Fitters) on the 15th / 01 / 2018 at Almo Engineering, Virginia, Free-State. The RMI REMAN Cluster: ERA office approached its Member-base to obtain consensus during 2016 / 2017 country meetings with RMI REMAN Cluster: ERA Members, and to spark participation.
A total of 10 RMI REMAN Cluster: ERA businesses signed-up, who now (for project purposes) are known as Lead Employers, namely:
JBM DIESEL & GENERAL;
W SQUARED ENGINEERING;
NORTHERN MOTOR ENGINEERING;
PETROL AND DIESEL ENGINE REBUILDERS;
ANTONIO’S ENGINE REBUILDERS;
DITSIBI MOTOR ENGINEERING.
The RMI REMAN Cluster: ERA’s National Executive Committee approved a national industry skills development initiative targeted at the motor industry’s ‘Sector-3 Businesses’.
The initiative encompasses an ‘Apprentice Training Pilot Programme’ that will be facilitated on behalf of the Association by Almo Engineering, based in Virginia, Free-State.
This ‘Apprentice Pilot Project’ will enhance the current ‘Competency Based Modular Training System’ (CBMT) or ‘Learnership Training System’. At the same time; this programme will enable the development of courseware and syllabus required for the new ‘Occupation Qualification’ apprenticeship curriculums and programmes. This have been develop by RMI REMAN Cluster: ERA and other Industry role players in conjunction with MerSETA as development quality partner.
In order to preserve the longevity of not only the ‘Engine Rebuilding Industry’ but the ‘Automotive Aftermarket Repair Industry’, it is incumbent on all business owners to embrace the future availability of skills in the industry.
Over the last year participants / Lead Employers worked hand-in-hand with stakeholders to develop a working structure for the pilot project, to where we are today and is it only fit for the RMI REMAN Cluster: ERA office to extend a special thank you to the Lead Employers.
This showcases what can be achieved when RMI REMAN Cluster: ERA Members / Industry comes together and is a real milestone for the RMI REMAN Cluster: ERA Member-base & Industry at large and can RMI REMAN Cluster: ERA Members be very proud that the Engineering Sector is creating a ripple effect in the training realm. The achievement is testament to the heights one can reach if we (Industry Stakeholders) join in unity.
The likes of MerSETA’s Mr Slabbert and Mr Ben, DoL’s (Department of Labour) Mr Weyers and Mr Pholoana, Almo Engineering’s Mr Mac Nicol and Mr Kapp (project SDF – Skills Developer Facilitator) and RMI’s Mr Niemand and Mr Van Huyssteen – can all be commended for their critical role played, for the project coming together.