The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in South Africa has signed a statement of intent with Schneider Electric South Africa to expand the company’s Access to Education programme. The programme will focus on vocational training along with student, staff, curriculum and programme development.
Started in 2012, the programme has trained almost 9,000 people and aims to increase this to 30,000 over the next four years. It is open to students, community members, entrepreneurs and teachers.
“Looking to the future, we have included Schneider Electric South Africa’s existing electrical artisan programmes, Schneider Electric Teachers’ programme, access to the Schneider Electric Academy, the online Energy University, its didactic equipment and practical exposure for electrical students as part of the scope of the statement of intent,” says Caspar Herzberg, president of Schneider Electric Middle East and Africa, who co-signed the statement of intent with Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of Higher Education and Training.
Schneider Electric South Africa and Schneider Electric Foundation partnered with the French Ministry of Education to launch the first French South African Schneider Electric Education Centre (F’SASEC) in 2012 at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT). The F’SASEC network, now present at five educational institutions in South Africa, promotes practical training of electrical artisans, introduces advanced teaching methods to train trainers and establishes best practices.
“It is critical that we expand on collaborations between industry and government in the field of higher education, training, and skills development so that we may consolidate, accelerate our efforts at preparing the workforce for the future,” Herzberg concluded.