High Gear is an initiative to create a skills development ecosystem that is coordinated, dynamic and responsive to young people’s and employer’s needs in the largest manufacturing sector in South Africa’s economy: automotive manufacturing.
High Gear was created to create opportunities for young people and promote inclusivity in South Africa’s expanding automotive manufacturing industry.
The High Gear initiative fosters collaboration between automotive components manufacturing sector—represented by NAACAM—the Department of Higher Education & Training, and TVET colleges, and is managed by the International Youth Foundation.
The High Gear initiative was created to help meet the high demand for skills and talent within the sector, while ensuring that young people are empowered to take advantage of the opportunities this industry presents.
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.