Activating ‘High Gear’: A New NAACAM Initiative to Strengthen the Skills Development Ecosystem

NAACAM and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) are the lead national partners of High Gear, an exciting new initiative managed by the International Youth Foundation (IYF) that is advancing South Africa’s public TVET college system.

High Gear draws on industry knowledge and skills imperatives—along with IYF curricula enhancement tools—to strengthen the market relevance of select public TVET college courses. Ultimately, High Gear aims to demonstrate a model for greater industry involvement in TVET course design and delivery that generates enthusiasm from TVET educators and industry, while also generating positive returns for young people and employers.

The UK Government’s Skills for Prosperity Programme is funding High Gear implementation in KwaZulu-Natal Province, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation are funding project implementation in Eastern Cape Province.

To fully activate this new initiative, the three national High Gear partners—NAACAM, DHET, and IYF—are hosting TVET and industry partnership workshops in Port Elizabeth and Durban over the next few weeks. The purpose of these workshops is to generate deepened partnerships between select TVET colleges and automotive component manufacturing clusters in these metro areas and to develop a collaborative roadmap for introducing industry-aligned TVET course enhancements.

“NAACAM believes that a strong TVET system is crucial to further enhance the competitiveness of the automotive components manufacturing industry in South Africa. Our association is, therefore, a proud and committed partner to High Gear,” says Renai Moothilal, Executive Director at NAACAM.

The Eastern Cape workshop will take place on Monday, 30 November in Port Elizabeth. The workshop will include representatives from High Gear’s national partners, provincial industry—including the Automotive Industry Development Centre and the East Cape Automotive Industry Forum—in addition to Port Elizabeth College and Eastcape Midlands College.

The KwaZulu-Natal workshop will take place on Wednesday, 2 December at Smiths Manufacturing in Durban. The workshop will include representatives from High Gear’s national partners, the Durban Automotive Cluster, and Elangeni College and Coastal KZN College.

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