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The Deputy President visited the Gauteng Automotive Learning Centre

From left to right: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister of Higher Education and Training  Hlengiwe Mkhize, Automotive Industry Development Centre CEO David Masondo listen attentively to Itumeleng Monyaane   from the AIDC's  skills and training department  during the tour of the laboratories at the Gauteng Automotive  Learning Centre.

The Deputy President, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Human Resources Development Council visited the Gauteng Automotive Learning Centre to gain insight into the AIDC's role in skills development for the automotive industry.

Background information on The Gauteng Automotive Learning Centre

The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) is a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency which is an agency of the Department of Economic Development in the Gauteng Provincial Government.

Dr David Masondo is the Chief Executive Officer of the AIDC.

The Gauteng Automotive Learning Centre (hereafter the Learning Centre)   was established in 2014 by the AIDC to support to the automotive industry. It was established as a world-class Learning Centre to service the training needs of the automotive and allied industries whilst addressing the scarce and critical skills identified by SETA’s.

The Learning Centre’s vision is to become the leading academic and practical training hub for the automotive and allied industries.

 The Learning Centre is the conduit for addressing scarce and critical skills in the engineering, technical and trade fields for the automotive and allied sectors.

 The Learning Centre caters for the following groups

1.        Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) ( e.g. BMW, Nissan, Ford)
2.        Automotive Component Manufacturing,
3.        Dealer networks and after-market services,
4.        Informal body and mechanical repairs sector,
5.        Unemployed youth and ‘School Leavers’ programmes

The Learning Centre has achieved full accreditation with  Manufacturing  Engineering and Related SETA (MerSETA)

  •  Further Education and Training Certificate: Automotive Sales and Support Services
  •  Festo Authorised Training Centre ( Festo is a German multinational industrial  control and automation company)
  •  Mechatronics
  •  Autotronics
  •  The Learning Centre has  equipment   that is  in line with industry equipment  and it therefore the envy  of  other training institutions.

The Learning Centre boast a state of the art vehicle assembly simulator.