MTU to train SA Navy apprentices

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Two South African Navy sailors will be part of this year’s MTU’s apprentice programme. The duo will commence their four year long training to become qualified artisans in the next three weeks.

MTU SA has a long standing relationship with the SAN having supplied engines for many of their vessels. The training programme will provide the sea service access to a world class and highly regarded German apprentice training curriculum, the company says in a statement.
“The technical training programme, incorporating practical workshop training and vocational college courses is designed to equip artisans with specialised skills allowing them to be an asset to the industry,” says MTU South Africa MD Michael Baumann. “MTU aims to set an example for other companies to follow so that South Africa can produce competent and well trained artisans. This year we are pleased to have partnered with the SAN to offer their artisans this training and look forward to further strengthening our relations already spanning decades,” he adds.

The training entails practical learning conducted in the company’s newly refurbished training facility in Cape Town and workshops based in Simon’s Town and Johannesburg. It also entails relevant theoretical training at Further Education and Training (FET) colleges and by other accredited training providers in South Africa. MTU SA has appointed a dedicated “apprentice trainer” to train, guide, coach and monitor the development and progress of the trainees. The curriculum being based on the German apprentice training requirements, company
requirements as well as the training schedule for “metal apprentices” as recommended by the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority
(merSETA). merSETA plays a central role in making sure that the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) is fulfilled, MTU says.
“The apprenticeship programme is becoming a sought after accolade amongst young aspiring artisans. We are pleased to be able to afford young South Africans this opportunity to equip themselves with the skills needed to be an asset to the industry,” says James Arendse, MTU SA’s Apprentice Programme Training Coordinator.

Once trained and equipped with the necessary skills and expertise the artisans will return to the Navy.