by Yolisa Zeka
Investing in local skills and technology transfer is a priority for Aerosud, a Pretoria based aeronautical engineering company.
|Published in: Young people Careers|
They are sponsoring post matric education for high school learners who are interested in maths and science as subjects. Working with a number of international engineering and aviation companies, Aerosud also has programmes that aim to encourage students to take maths and science as subjects.
Hlengiwe Mkhize, strategy and development director at Aerosud, says, “Many students do not realise that maths and science are really exciting subjects that can open doors to many stimulating and fulfilling careers for young people of both sexes.
“The Siyandisa programme is an Air force programme where they go to schools and create awareness for potential students who are interested in an engineering related field, while Aerosud is sponsoring students and placing them at local schools so that they will pass with a good matric result, which includes maths and science,” says Hlengiwe.
Aerosud has also established a Centre of Excellence where children are taught about the different fields of engineering for example:
artisan training: To be trained as an artisan you need to have good maths and science results. These students are sent to a training college for 6 weeks after which they came back for on the job training for 3 years. After their training they will do a trade test after which they
operator training: Where students get basic hands-on skills training after which they are sent to a college for a 10 week course in sheet metal parts manufacturing after which they will come back to Aerosud as a trained worker.
It means that students can enter without the acquired expertise as they will get on the job training.
interior designing: Believe it or not, interior designing is not limited to just offices and homes, aircrafts too need a facelift now and again. The amount of precision needed to do this is enormous. Accurate measurements for new seat covers and storage compartments are essential, especially because international standards are very high and wrong calculations could cost the company a lot of money.
production: this involves the production of airplane parts such as the wings, nose and sheet metals for all kinds of planes.
These are just a few of the specialisation fields in engineering from which a person can choose. “The nice thing about the whole initiative is that it is not limited to a certain gender or race, everyone is welcome. We want to share skills and make a significant contribution to making South Africa a better place with skilled citizens,” says Hlengiwe
She believes that there is an enthusiasm and interest in learning amongst many young people and that kind of attitude can go a long way. “It is encouraging to see more and more confident black girls determined to change the colour and sex of the industry. The mindset has changed for the better and young people believe more in themselves now.”
For more information visit www.aerosud.co.za
This article was sponsored by Aerosud