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NTIP TOOLING NEWSLETTER
You are cordially invited to the launch function of the Master Toolmaker Programme of the Intsimbi National Tooling Initiative partnership between the Toolmaking Association of South Africa (TASA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) to be piloted in 2014. The modular part-time programme will be presented in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. Advanced skills development will give a giant leap forward in the TDM sector and precision manufacturing industry in South Africa.
Date: 26 November
Venue: Plastics Institute of Southern Africa
18 Gazelle Avenue, Corporate Park South, Old Pretoria Road, Midrand
RSVP: before 21 November
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New Master Toolmaker Programme a giant leap forward for local skills development
Specialised skills development in the South African manufacturing sector will reach an important milestone next year with the introduction of a new Master Toolmaker qualification. The Master Toolmaker Programme will be piloted as part of the Intsimbi NTI Skills Development Programme aimed at rejuvenating the local tool, die and mouldmaking industry to the benefit of the South African manufacturing sector.
The Programme is based on the German model and Master Artisan which has been customised to the needs and requirements of the South African Industry. It will be offered part-time over a period of at least two years at technical universities and academic universities participating in the NTI Programme. The 2014 programme will initially be piloted in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria.
Manufacturing has been identified one of the cornerstones of the South African economy and is part of the dti’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) to drive economic growth and job creation. In order to produce high quality products at affordable prices, manufacturers rely on highly trained people and advanced technology required for the manufacturing process. Training of sufficient skilled people for the manufacturing industry is of critical importance to the industry and the South African economy and the success of the IPAP strategy.
A new Master Toolmaker Programme as part of the Intsimbi NTI Programme will be piloted in 2014. The NTI programme originally started with the development and piloting of a new competence based apprenticeship programme in 2010 forming the base of the skill development strategy. The first group of candidates that should complete their training as Toolmakers during 2013/14, however, first have to gain industry experience and specialisation before being eligible to enrol in the Master Toolmaker Programme.
Entry requirements for enrolment are:
An NQF level 4 Mechanical Engineering qualification (or higher) plus a toolmaker trade or equivalent with at least 4 years’ experience in one of the fields of specialisation.
The fields of specialisation for eligibility are:
- Plastics Mould Making
- Metal Forming Die Making
- Casting and Die Casting / Mouldmaker / Patternmaker
- Machine Building
- Precision Machining
Hats off to industry involvement in the TDM Programme
The South African tooling industry has shown its commitment to skills development by investing more than a R100 million in the TDM Powered Programme. This investment together with the dti’s investment to date is more than R200 million.
The TDM Powered Programme was developed in conjunction with the Tool, Die and Mouldmaking Industry and has been piloted in South Africa since 2010. The piloting of both the Foundation and the Apprenticeship Programmes will be completed by the end of 2013 and students have been exposed to the world-of-work throughout their training.
The National Skills Development Strategy III emphasises the importance of workplace learning and experience as well as the placement of students. It states clearly that workplace learning should be an integral part of all vocational programmes. The establishment of effective partnerships between education and training systems and employers to provide for workplace training would ensure that skills have real labour market relevance and that young people gain an early appreciation of and exposure to the world of work.
The South African Tooling Industry played a major role in emphasising the importance of workplace learning over the past four years through:
- Providing students with on-the-job training
- Supplier support through substantial discounts on materials, software, machining and training of teachers
- Management and strategic support by senior industry members through time contribution to NTI programme activities.
Companies in the industry provided more than 740 000 hours of on-the-job training to students over a period of four years. Added to this, companies also provided approximately 330 000 hours of mentorship to students over this period. This translates at a rate of between R300 and R500 per hour per mentor which amounts to more than R30 million of industry’s contribution to the programme. Machine cost of between R300 and R500 per hour amounts to a staggering more than R70 million over the last four years. Suppliers of steel, software, machining and training of teachers through discounts, will have contributed more than R12 million towards the programme by 2014.
The establishment of Regional Tooling Initiatives (RTI’s) in the provinces and the associated availability of management and strategic support by senior industry members contributed to the successful implementation of RTIs and the support provided to place students at companies.
According to Mr Bob Williamson, National Chairman of the Toolmaking Association of South Africa (TASA) it would not have been possible to implement the programme without this substantial industry support.
“The partnership between industry and government is an excellent example on how to fulfil the mission of the National Skills Development Strategy namely: To increase access to high quality and relevant education and training and skills development opportunities, including workplace learning and experience, to enable effective participation in the economy and society by all South Africans and reduce inequalities” said Mr Williamson.
The financial support of the Department of Trade and Industry to date in excess of R200 million, ensured the successful recruitment and selection of students as well the implementation of the programme at 12 partner educational institutions in six provinces.