Hard-to-fill (HTF) vacancies are prevalent in the automotive component supply base in South Africa, a High Gear survey has found. High Gear‘s second Quarterly Skills Survey, administered by NAACAM, shows that 90% of respondents have reported at least one occurrence of HTF vacancies in the last six months.
The survey found that, while respondents anticipate changes to what the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority reports as critical occupations of the future, toolmakers are ranked as the top critical HTF occupation based on current vacancies in the sector, and respondents lamented that “it is likely that this will endure into the future”.
A lack of adequate skills supply is also creating a bottleneck to companies’ transformation and localisation objectives. High Gear programme director Colin Hagans emphasised in a statement that technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges have an important role to play in reducing HTF vacancies.
The quarterly survey is supported by the three High Gear initiative funders, namely the UK government’s Skills for Prosperity programme, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and by the implementing partner International Youth Foundation (IYF).