As part of the High Gear project, NAACAM is conducting a quarterly skills survey with its members. The purpose of the quarterly survey is to accurately identify which skills and occupations currently, and potentially in the future, present the largest risk to the sustainability, growth and expansion of the industry. The survey is supported by the High Gear initiative funders: the UK Government’s Skills for Prosperity programme, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.
This second survey focused on occupational gaps in the automotive component industry and the impact skills and occupational gaps have on the transformation and localisation objectives of the industry.
As was the case with the first survey that reported numerous skills gaps, the results of the second High Gear Skills Survey similarly indicate there are multiple occupational gaps in the industry. The results further indicate that inadequate skills presents a cross-cutting barrier to localisation, limiting a company’s ability to embed technology, raw material and testing infrastructure, which prevents greater localisation.
The survey findings clearly indicate the need for an improved, robust TVET system that responds to the needs of the automotive component sector. These findings are well-aligned with the proposed High Gear interventions.
Read the survey findings on the #HighGearSA website: https://bit.ly/2W2jOcY