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THE AUTOMOBILE Association Technical College (AATC) and Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) have joined forces to assist small companies.
They have started an apprenticeship training programme that aims to create skilled artisans within the diesel mechanic, motor mechanic and auto electrician trades.
Merseta-accredited companies and service delivery levy (SDL)-exempt companies will receive the grants for the training from the Seta and AATC will conduct the training at the college in Midrand.
“SA’s skills shortage is a prevalent topic that continues to generate debate,” says Derek Hall-Jones, of AATC. “The AA’s main focus is the consumer and we want to get more qualified artisans into the industry, to improve the quality of service
“This partnership looks to reduce the shortage and bring in more qualified artisans by assisting businesses who do not have the resources to apply for grants, and do not always see the value in training apprentices.”
Merseta levy payers, or companies that are exempted from paying levies and those with a payroll of less tham R 500 000 a year, qualify for this training.
Merseta will bankroll the programme through its Unemployment Insurance Fund beneficiaries programme.
The AATC will screen candidates to make sure that only capable apprentices employed in the automobile industry are accepted. And only qualified tradesmen will act as mentors to the apprentices.