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Closing the gap on skills shortage

Artisans are an essential resource in developing & closing unemployment gap and curbing the lack of technical skills in the country.

Bosch in Brits is proud to announce that nine of seventeen apprentices have qualified as millwrights, and fitter and turners between 2019 and 2020, with the balance currently undergoing their trade tests. In addition to these trades, Bosch together with other German Companies in South Africa embarked on implementing the mechatronics vocational training program, which is a scarce skill in the country, Bosch, placed two Mechatronics Apprentices.

Bosch automotive manufacturing facility located in Brits, North West province holds merSETA workplace approval. Bosch in Brits has driven several programs for several years, including apprenticeships, learnerships, experimental training, graduate specialist program and “YES” program. We have a Technical Training Center on site managed by our enterprise development partner Mosebe. Our Technical Engineering department provides Mosebe with the required technical equipment.

On an annual basis, a needs analysis is conducted with consideration to the organisational needs and that of the industry where we consider critical skills. In collaboration with the Department of Labour, we source potential candidates for the interviewing process. Newly appointed apprentices undergo a full induction program covering health & safety aspects, meeting merSETA team and of course the plant management.

“Our approach is unique in the fact that, we have a diverse and active skills development committee, which is representative of all key stakeholders including the trade union. The Committee works quite closely with Human Resources Training & Development and management/mentors in ensuring delivery of high level of quality training,” stated Christine Phoko, Head of Training and Development.