In 2016, the British Council partnered New College Lanarkshire (NCL) with Central Johannesburg College (CJC) for a Foundation-level International Skills Partnership. The focus of the project was to enhance automotive programmes at both institutions, as well as creating stronger links with the automotive industry in South Africa.
Using the NCL automotive strategy as a starting point, the partnership developed a toolkit to internationalise the automotive qualification at CJC by incorporating international standards. Working together, partners have designed and implemented an employer engagement strategy that will form new industry partnerships.
The project has impacted positively on students; better preparing young people for the world of work/enterprise and specifically addressing high unemployment rates and identified skills gaps in the South African automotive sector. In addition, the creation of new materials/approaches to skills development, which reflect industry needs, addresses skills gaps and can be implemented at institution level.
It is the ambition of partners that the approach adopted by this project, and associated training materials, is embedded across the whole South African TVET and Automotive sectors.
Partnership activities have resulted in sustainable outcomes benefitting industry, training providers and learners; improving employer engagement and enhancing planning processes to improve job outcomes and social mobility.