Pasdec Automotive Technologies Continues to Provide
Skills Development & Employment Opportunities for the Youth
Brits, February 2012
Following on the successful training and subsequent deployment of 119 matriculants in 2011, Pasdec Automotive Technologies (Pasdec) has recently taken on 68 students who will receive comprehensive training whilst they earn a salary for the first time.
The students will undergo nine to twelve months training at the end of which they will qualify for the National Certificate in Automotive Component Manufacturing and Assembly Processes.
The course comprises 21 unit standards and consists of a balance of theory and practical work. Each student will have to achieve 130 credits in order to successfully complete the course.
Upon qualification, the students will be considered for employment at Pasdec in a discipline where they have displayed talent and competence. This could, amongst others, include career paths in data administration, assembly, dispatch, or operations.
A unique feature of the programme is that all the students are under the age of 23 and are children of existing Pasdec employees.
When interviewed the students all expressed excitement and gratitude for this career-launching opportunity.
Dumisani Phiri, for instance, said, “I am happy that instead of sitting at home and waiting for a job, I am now learning many things and gaining valuable experience.”
These sentiments were echoed by Kagiso Molokho who added, “This programme is opening up a lot of opportunities for me and I am enjoying the training very much.”
Kevin Pather, Pasdec’s CEO, expressed his satisfaction at the on-going success of this initiative. “I am delighted that we can continue this tradition of skills development,” said Pather, “whilst growing the Pasdec family and contributing to the welfare of our community. We are also grateful to merSETA for their invaluable role in making this programme possible.”