The Yakh’iFuture interactive career experience platform has been officially launched. It is an interactive career experience platform designed to prepare engineering students for work in the automotive components manufacturing industry as production transitions to new energy vehicles (NEVs). Yakh’iFuture, which means ‘Build your future’, is the latest element of the High Gear programme that has revamped South Africa’s Technical, Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) colleges engineering curricula to meet the needs of one of the country’s most crucial industrial sectors – automotive manufacturing.
The launch event featured keynote addresses by Aruna Singh Director: VET Curriculum at the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET); Rudi Dicks from the Office of the Presidency; National Association of Automobile Components and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM) Executive Director, Renai Moothilal and Anusha Naicker, SA country director of High Gear implementing agency International Youth Foundation (IYF).
Following the announcement in June, that the UK Government would pledge a further $1.8 million to support South Africa’s just energy transition through new technical assistance and partnerships, Rebecca Tron of the British High Commission Pretoria declared at the launch, that as part of this pledge it will sponsor the development of industry competency models for new energy vehicles (NEVs) through High Gear. These models, pitched at diploma level (NQF levels 4-6), will generate curricula relevant to the global shift to non-internal combustion drive trains.
As one of the lead partners of High Gear, NAACAMs Executive Director, Renai Moothilal, said that the partnership in the High Gear project was ground-breaking and reflective of the forward looking approach stakeholders in the component sector are taking to address skills needs for the future of SA’s automotive manufacturing.
The Presidency’s Rudi Dicks said that this collaborative model of curriculum design and career guidance resources can serve as a model for other sectors to replicate – “I believe that the Yakh’iFuture platform sets a new international benchmark for industry-led career guidance services provided at scale to TVET college students in this country.”
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