Skills for Employability, South Africa

We have won funding through the British Council’s Skills for Employability programme to support partnerships with several FET (further education & training) colleges in South Africa.

A new niche training sector

Due to a decline in its region’s mining industry, Goldfields College in Welkom realised it needs a new niche training sector. It wants to attract new students and continue having a positive impact on the local economy.

Goldfields College recognised that there is a lack of local manufacturers and engineers of solar photovoltaic panels and solar thermal systems. So it is establishing an academy to address this skills gap. Dudley College and a second UK college (Bradford College in West Yorkshire) are supporting Goldfields College to make Solar Training Academy a reality.

Two new qualifications

Meanwhile, Elangeni College in Pinetown wants to develop two new qualifications: Welding Artisanship and Maritime Engineering.

Dudley College is working with South Tyneside College in northeast England to give practical support, teacher training and quality assurance so that Elangeni College can launch the new programmes in 2016.

There is a secondary benefit to our work with Elangeni College. As we establish the qualifications we are developing strategies with our South African colleagues for engaging with under-represented and unemployed people. Together we want to identify ways that training courses aimed at unemployed people could be adapted for use in both countries.

Employer engagement and quality assurance

In partnership with two other UK colleges (Harrow College in Middlesex and Belfast Metropolitan College in Northern Ireland), we are supporting two colleges in South Africa with developing employer engagement and quality-assurance systems.

Our work with Orbit FET College and Sedibeng FET College focuses particularly on the automotive sector.

In October 2013 delegates from the South African colleges visited the UK colleges. During their visit to Dudley College we shared our knowledge of good practice in:

  • Designing and delivering an employer-focused curriculum
  • Maintaining high quality in teaching and learning.
  • We also showed delegates around Dudley Evolve, our new multi-million pound vocational training campus.

    By the end of this project both Orbit College and Sedibeng College will have enhanced their training offering to employers in the automotive sector. They will be able to give outstanding training to their learners. Dudley College Worldwide is delighted to be supporting them.

    “The ultimate aim of Skills for Employability is to boost the effectiveness and prestige of vocational training across the world. With links to over 1400 employers, Dudley is well placed to do this.” Sanjeev Ohri, Vice Principal, Dudley College