VEHICLE manufacturers are coming on board to help boost job creation in the automotive sector.
Six Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDCEC) graduates have been involved in on- the-job training at the Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) Uitenhage plant since January.
On completion of their training next month, some of the graduates could be employed at VWSA, provided there are vacancies within their fields, or elsewhere in the industry.
AIDCEC supplier development manager Lance Schultz said in providing training for the graduates, VWSA showed its commitment to job creation in the region.
“It is deeply rewarding to see the partnership between the government and industry working so well in the context of the Jobs Fund. The objective of creating employment opportunities would be hamstrung if industry did not buy in,” Schultz said.
The training programme aimed to effectively equip unemployed engineers with global best practice skills and techniques to add value to any manufacturing environment, he said.
VWSA communications manager Matt Gennrich said the company was pleased to give graduates real work experience on site with the jointly beneficial initiative.
Graduate Solomon Qwesha, who is working as a trainee project engineer within VWSA’s logistics planning department, said: “Being placed at Volkswagen helps me to implement all the tools and skills I learnt at the AIDC … I have worked with high-level management on various projects.” – Business Reporter