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EDUCATION: ATI Buys Technical School in Vereeniging


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Artisan Training Institute (ATI) is pioneering the local artisan training industry by uplifting a school in Vereeniging into an artisan training institute that will focus on training young students from grades 9 to grade 12.

The acquisition of the school – for an undisclosed sum- is the first of a planned roll out of similar schools aiming to train youth that are more technically orientated, which will be branded Artisan Technical Schools.

Said Sean Jones, a co-founder and director of black empowered artisan training institute, ATI: “Lots of kids have a different type of intelligence and are often deprived by the education system, which does not necessarily serve their particular education needs. This is why certain pupils need to go to technical schools that are able to give them much brighter prospects for their future. At university level, many students are ill equipped for this type of higher education, with a large percentage of around 50% failing. In addition, many of these graduates do not find employment post university. With a quality technical qualification access to employment or becoming self-employed becomes infinitely easier”.

Each Artisan Technical School to be rolled out by ATI will cater for 60 – to 100 students, with the aim to provide “focused, accredited, quality education” in the engineering artisan trades. A future extension to this syllabus of 2017/8 will include courses that enable more academic learners to attend university after their education at Artisan Training Schools. This syllabus will be launched in 2019.

The trades to be focused on at the first school in Vereeniging include welders, boilermakers, fitters and turners, motor mechanics, electricians and millwrights.

Besides having SETA accreditation, the courses will also be registered with City and Guilds, which opens up the possibility of internationally-based employment for the graduates. City and Guilds is a vocational education organisation originating from the United Kingdom, offering more than 500 qualifications over the entire range of industry sectors through 8, 500 colleges and training providers in 81 countries worldwide.

“There is an opportunity for more technical-orientated students to go to technically-focused vocational education training colleges (VETs). But frequently these institutions are not up to scratch and are focused on pushing out numbers, rather than focusing on producing quality graduates.”

Jones said ATI is setting aside a “substantial funds” to establish its footprint of Artisan Technical Schools. The ultimate objective is to have at least one school in each major centre in South Africa.

“We believe this is a real pioneering initiative in the artisan training environment, capable of providing real support to industry in future,” said Jones.

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