Over 500 Volkswagen Group South Africa employees and learners were awarded various certificates of achievement at the biennial Graduation Ceremony held at the Uitenhage manufacturing plant recently.
The development and training of all employees is a priority for VWSA and the Volkswagen Learning Academy is an essential element in achieving these goals. It has been providing high-quality training to all levels of employees within Volkswagen for the past 25 years.
There are numerous training programmes and apprenticeships on offer through the Volkswagen Learning Academy and at the recent Graduation Ceremony, the successful candidates were recognised.
320 employees received Automobile Manufacturing Industry Certificate (AMIC). AMIC is a MerSETA certified qualification for vehicle production employees. It is presented to employees who have successfully completed a number of Adult Education and Training (AET) courses and skills. These include core business skills and technical skills in their specific automotive manufacturing area.
The Further Education Programme (FEP) assisted 33 employees to successfully complete their studies in a variety of fields. The purpose of the FEP is to provide financial assistance to any full-time Volkswagen employee to further his or her studies on a part-time basis. Studies include Pre-Matric up to MBA (Master in Business Administration) level.
Introduced in 2010, the Shop Steward Development Programmeis based on the Foundation Leadership Programme (FLP), which is presented by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Business School. Nine Shop Stewards graduated between 2012 and 2014.
22 Group Leaders achieved either a NQF level 5 Diploma or Certificate in Production Management through the Group Leader Development Programme. The programme was implemented in 2010 and is presented in conjunction with the Production Management Institute. It provides scope for Group Leaders to gain a formal qualification as well as developing their business and production knowledge and skills.
For the past five years, the academy has successfully offered a formal training Programme for People with Disabilities. This year saw 13 disabled learners complete a Learnership in Generic Management. The purpose of the programme is to develop persons with disabilities in the Technical and Non-Technical fields as well as provide them with working experience so that they can find permanent employment within Volkswagen or within the broader industry.
With the rapid development in the technological environment, it was essential that VWSA offer training to keep employees abreast of these developments and enhance their competencies. It was through this need, that the Artisan Multi-Skilling Programme was introduced. 27 employees completed the programme which focused on ‘up’ and ‘cross’ skilling through the two broad fields of Autotronics and Mechatronics.
92 employees and learners successfully completed their Artisan Trade Test qualification. Trades on offer include Tool Making, Electrician, Millwright, Auto Electrician, Motor Mechanic or Welder.
“We are incredibly proud of all employees’ effort, time and dedication they have put into their development. Not only do these qualifications improve VWSA’s competencies and skills but it also gives the employees a reason to be proud of their achievements,” commented VWSA Managing Director, David Powels.
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