High Gear is a collaborative project between NAACAM, International Youth Foundation and Department of Higher Education and Training. The project aims to draw on industry knowledge and skills imperatives, as well as the IYF curricula enhancement tools to strengthen the market relevance of select public TVET college courses. Having a strong TVET system is vital to further enhance the competitiveness of the local components manufacturing industry.
The #HighGearSA initiative is strengthening public TVET college graduates’ access to quality jobs while also improving the skills pipeline for the growing automotive components manufacturing sector. As shown in the photo, a core tenant of High Gear is co-creation, including co-designing engineering course upgrades with industry partners, ELANGENI FET COLLEGE, and Eastcape Midlands TVET College.
Colin Hagans, Programme Director, IYf explained, “Through these partnerships, we are working to make TVET engineering theory come ‘alive’ for TVET students by expanding practical training within TVET classrooms, expanding workplace exposure opportunities in the automotive industry, and launching an innovative online ‘career experience platform’ for students. Young people have told us that they want to be active participants in their learning journeys, and we’re working hard to make that happen.”
#HighGearSA’s work is enabled by a committed group of forward-thinking funders Skills for Prosperity programme, British High Commission Pretoria, USAID and Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.