Enabling youth skills development

Enabling youth skills development

It is one thing to provide experiential learning to technology interns following the University’s curriculum in order for them to obtain their qualification and potentially enter the workforce; but it is another to constantly develop their problem-solving skills, expose them to exciting and real projects to make them employable, and encourage not only technical skill development but entrepreneurship and innovation on their part.

At Resolution Circle, we use the commercialisation of technology as a platform to provide experiential learning to engineering undergraduates. This is achieved by involving them in innovative real-world projects from inception to completion.

Arrow Altech Distribution (AAD), Africa’s leading distributor of electronic components, products and solutions, has kept with Altron’s CEO, Mteto Nyati’s passion for youth skills development, and South Africa’s national skills development strategy by initiating a program which will see 120 technicians in training at Resolution Circle being upskilled and trained in cell phone battery and screen repair.

Arrow Altech’s managing director, Peter Griffiths handed over mobile phone repair kits, ESD devices and cell phones, which the students will use during the training, to Resolution Circle’s Group Senior Manager of Business Incubation and Internships, Sibusiso Shange. Resolution Circle’s Group Senior Manager of Research and Development, Dr. Wiehan le Roux, Group Senior Manager of Operational Services, Lieze Malan, interim CEO Gideon Potgieter, and HoD of Manufacturing Fiston Nselike were also present at the handover.

With more than 20 million cell phone users in South Africa, there is a growing need and demand for affordable and accessible cell phone repair services. This is because cell phone users are likely to damage their phone approximately 10 weeks after purchase, and battery life expectancy is between 300 and 500 charge and discharge cycles.

Resolution Circle is currently training instructors and developing a module which is set to begin towards the end of May 2018. This initiative has many aspects which will all play out over time. We will see individuals seek employment in this sector or create immediate employment opportunities for themselves in their local communities.

Fiston Nselike, said that “Arrow Altech Distribution has played an integral role in contributing towards our future technicians with this initiative. It speaks to our country’s national skills development strategy. It also complements Resolution Circle’s vision to develop our future technicians to be innovative with the skills they acquire during their time with Resolution Circle”.

While we would like to make this opportunity available to all those interested, it is only available as a module that is part of our Practical 2 Work Integrated Learning programme. If you have completed your Practical 1 and meet the requirements for practical 2, apply here: www.sdmataclick.com./rc.