Private sector bridges the skills gap with educational partnerships

March 10th, 2016, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Energize, Articles: EngineerIT, Articles: PositionIT, Articles: Vector

 

Schneider Electric signed partnership agreements for the establishment of new French-South African Schneider Electric Education Centres (FSASEC) with the University of Johannesburg, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, College of Cape Town, and Sedibeng College, at the company’s offices in Midrand recently.

Speaking at the event, South Africa’s deputy minister for higher education, Mduduzi Manana emphasised the importance of agreements which bridge the gap between graduates and the needs of industry. It is very important that companies help give the necessary workplace exposure to students to ensure that they are employable, he said.

 

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Eric Leger, the country president of Schneider Electric Southern Africa, said that these agreements formed part of the company’s vision to accelerate vocational training in the field of energy across the country for previously disadvantaged students.

The event was also attended by Elisabeth Barbier, the French ambassador to South Africa, Marianne de Brunhoff from the French Ministry of Education, Philippe Lagayette and Thierry Ruard from Schneider Electric, as well as representatives from the French trade commission and representatives from the various educational institutions.

The new FSASEC training centres will have a primary focus of training future artisans, electricians and technicians in the field of energy. It is anticipated that the doors to the new training centres at the respective institutions will open during the second quarter of 2016.

Each centre will feature Schneider Electric equipment to enable the skills facilitation and exposure essential to the energy industry. Through intensive vocational training, junior and senior technicians in the relevant disciplines will be taught innovative technologies and internationally recognised competitive learning programmes. The partnership aims to train 1000 students in South Africa this year.

 

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