Thirteen students from Northlink Training Institution were awarded with TDM (Tool, Die and Mouldmaking) Powered Foundation Certificates, on Tuesday 28 March, at an awards function hosted by the National Tooling Initiative Programme (NTIP), in partnership with the Western Cape Tooling Institute (WCTI) at the Western Cape Tooling Centre of Excellence (WCTCOE) in Parow Valley in the Western Cape.
The TDM Powered Programme is a result of a joint initiative between the Intsimbi National Tooling Industry (NTI) and the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and the industry, with NTIP as the executing company facilitating the learning process on behalf of the training institutions. This Programme provides students entry into the manufacturing and tooling industry and was designed, developed and implemented as a feeder programme for the Artisan Programme with a focus on remedial Mathematics, Science and English and other gaps. It provides students with an opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to pursue a career in the manufacturing industry. Playing an important role in helping to alleviate the skills shortage in South Africa’s all-important manufacturing industry.
Twenty three percent of the foundation students who were awarded are female, and the highlight of the event was when Yonela Mkhetho, one of our female students, received the awards for the Overall Achiever as well as Best Practical Achiever Categories. Shaun Makhado was presented with the Trade Theory Achiever award.
In his opening address at the ceremony, Marthinus van Wyk, Deputy Director at the Department of Economic Development and Tourism said the Western Cape Government has launched the Apprenticeship Game Changer programme which aims to introduce 32 500 qualified apprentices into the labour market by 2019. This target includes apprentices who will qualify as artisans and semi-skilled workers who achieve partial qualifications, as well as top-up qualifications for existing artisans and semi-skilled workers focusing on the Western Cape’s key economic sectors.
Pieter Lategan, Project Manager Curriculum of NTIP, said the success of programmes such as the TDM Powered Programme is the result of strong stakeholder partnerships. NTIP would like to thank the Western Cape Tooling Initiative, Northlink Training Institution and the Western Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental and Tourism for their committed support towards this Programme in the province.
About the National Tooling Initiative
The National Tooling Initiative Programme (NTIP) is the Intsimbi National Tooling Initiative’s (Intsimbi NTIs) project management company. The NTIP is responsible for the facilitation and management of all Intsimbi NTI programmes.
The Intsimbi NTI is a South African multi-stakeholder initiative that was established under the auspices of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and Industry to implement a turnaround strategy for South Africa’s distressed tooling industry. The aim of the Initiative is to enable government and industry to cooperate on the
large-scale interventions required to rehabilitate the South African Tool, Die and Mouldmaking (TDM) sector and to embark on a robust rehabilitation programme to put the local industry on a firm trajectory to international competitiveness.
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