The future is bright: SA gets school focused on motor mechanics

The future is bright: SA gets school focused on motor mechanics

- The Gauteng Department of Education has launched a new programme for a skills-based school

- The learners will be trained as car technicians

- The project is sponsored by major automotive industry companies

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The maths and science pupils at the Katlehong Engineering School of Specialisation on the East Rand will now be trained as qualified car technicians by five big motor companies in SA.

Yesterday, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi officially launched the learning centre that focuses on transport and logistics. The school is partnering with MerSeta (manufacturing, engineering and related services Seta) to provide their pupils with work experience and learnerships.

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The learners will be trained as motor technicians by major manufacturing companies, including Ford, VW and Toyota, among others.

The companies will also assist in funding and upgrading the workshops in the school.

The pupils do their theory at the school and are then placed in one of the listed companies to do the practical component.

Lesufi said he was excited about empowering children with skills to improve the economy.

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One of the learners, Martin Kubheka, says that he has learnt a lot about car engines. He went on to explain that they just recently learnt about the cylinder engage test.

"I did not know about these things before."

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