In spite of all the disruptions caused by the third Covid wave, training for TVET teachers participating in the TVET partnership project between the Chamber of Crafts Erfurt (HWK Erfurt), the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) and TVET colleges in the Eastern Cape, has been able to carry on without disruption.
Birgit Mac Mahon, at HWK says the project aims to reduce the gap between the TVET training provided at TVET colleges in the motor mechanic trade and the real time skills needs in the private sector. She says thanks to the enthusiastic co-operation and support between all parties, the project has already provided training for 20 TVET teachers in modern car diagnostic skills at the training workshop of the German project partner, HWK Erfurt. “To offer a comprehensive training, the scope of training now also includes a review of general skills based on a needs assessment by the teachers carried out in 2020,” she says. The following skills areas have been identified and grouped in three online training sequences namely: engine management, ECU and driving safety systems and chassis, brake and steering systems. The second sequence of three online training seminars was held for teachers on June, 10th. The focus here was on electronic sensors and their functions for engine and wheel speed control, ABS and ESP.
In addition, thanks to the support of RMI’s Tyre Equipment, Parts Association (TEPA) national director, Hedley Judd, teachers were also offered 4 online training modules: brakes; tyres; suspensions and batteries.
RMI’s Training Manager, Louis Van Huyssteen, stresses how important the upskilling of apprentice facilitators and lecturers is to train apprentices at institutions. “The link with industry and participation from industry specialists is equally key and we believe this is contributing to the success of the project.”
Online teaching will continue to take place interactively using a variety of media, such as live lecture, live training on the teaching device, teaching videos, presentations and learning management systems. After successful completion of the online seminar series, the teachers will receive their first certificate of the staged teacher qualification of the Chamber of Crafts Erfurt. “In the self-learning phases, they will begin to implement the acquired practical and didactic knowledge in their own workplace. These online seminars will be followed by three-weeks of practical training with the technician instructor from the HWK in a college training workshop in the Eastern Cape. After completion of this practical training and the successful passing of a final test, the teachers will be issued with the 2nd level of the staged teachers qualification.
“While this first series of trainings only involves the skills areas requested by the teachers, a long-term concept for teacher training is planned to be developed in conjunction with RMI,” notes Mac Mahon.
“Access to international trends, through the German Craft Chamber, is invaluable for apprentices, particularly in an environment where skills are valued and provide businesses with a competitive advantage. The more teachers we can train the more apprentices we can help pull through the system and this bodes well for the future of our sector,” concludes Van Huyssteen.