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DCD Heavy Engineering has opened a new artisans training facility because "skills are scarce in the market, and we need to counter unemployment issues, currently rife in the country," notes DCD Heavy Engineering training facility human resources manager Sue Steyn. "We previously had a training centre that accommodated 20 to 25 apprentices. Since its official opening in 2012, we have managed to double our student intake and currently we have 67 apprentices being trained as fitters and turners, electricians, boiler- DCD establishes training facility makers and welders – and we recently added riggers to the programme, too," she explains.

The apprenticeship is a minimum of 80 weeks and a maximum of four years. It involves the students working at the DCD workshop, while completing their training programme. Each student has a programme that is tailor-made for their specific needs, and that works towards them attaining their trade papers in whatever trade they have chosen.

This article was originally published in in Crown Publishings' African Fusion 14 March 2014

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