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In November 2012 DCD Heavy Engineering - part of R3,5 billion leading global heavy engineered solutions group DCD - launched a R3 million training facility in Vereeniging. Set to provide training for the local community the new facility further underpins DCD's commitment to the advancement of artisans in South Africa.

The 2 500 m² training centre will train apprentices in the following disciplines: fitting and turning, electricians, welding, boilermaking and rigging. "We will not only seek to develop the learners' practical skills but more importantly also foster inquisitiveness, critical thinking and problem solving to better equip them for future employment," says DCD Heavy Engineering GM Gary Colegate.

There are currently 98 apprentices across DCD's facilities with 47 of these being trained at the Vereeniging centre. To date over 300 apprentices have been trained and the group hopes to increase the annual intake to 140 by 2014.

Colegate explains that the group is focused on employing people from the local communities in which they operate and fosters close relations with the schools and educational institutions in the area to help identify suitable training candidates and encourage further education. "There is no better investment for companies or individuals than in high quality education and training," says Colegate.

DCD group MD Rob King says: "The opening of another training facility in the group further demonstrates our commitment to the sustainability of the group and our deep commitment to empowerment and skills development." The Vereeniging centre follows on the August launch of a R4 million artisan training facility in Cape Town in conjunction with MCD Training Centre and Khula Nathi Empowerment (KNE). DCD has thus far invested over R35 million in KNE, an accredited Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) which is focused on deepening the skills pool in the South African engineering sector, and offers comprehensive training and apprenticeships.

DCD's commitment to education and training to date:

  • R1,1 million in bursaries from 2010 to 2012
  • From 2009 R5,8 million contributed to 61 schools, benefitting 1 481 learners
  • Additional 2% contribution of leviable salaries to skills development equating to R23,5 million
  • Trained 339 apprentices since 2008 with 98 current apprentices
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