Cummins and Komatsu launch Technical Education for Communities (TEC) programme in South Africa
Cummins and Komatsu Press Release
Engine, filtration, and genset manufacturer Cummins Africa Middle East, in conjunction with earthmoving, mining, construction, and utility equipment supplier and aftermarket provider Komatsu Africa Holdings have inaugurated a new Technical Education for Communities (TEC) programme.
Through the partnership, Cummins and Komatsu will enhance the standard education platform to help develop a market-relevant curriculum, teacher training and career guidance, and also provide the practical experience needed by students.
The TEC programme forms part of a global initiative that targets the technical skills gap in South Africa through local vocational education programmes. It is the realisation of an agreement signed by Gino Butera, Vice President and Managing Director, Cummins Africa Middle East, and Mike Blom, Managing Director, Komatsu Africa Holdings in October 2017.
The new TEC initiative was launched on 21 May during a ceremony hosted at the Sedibeng TVET College, Sebokeng Campus in Southern Gauteng, with members of the Department of Higher Education and Training and merSETA on hand to witness the historic launch.
Butera noted at the event that, globally, employers are experiencing critical shortages of skilled technical workers, with around 10 million manufacturing jobs worldwide unfilled owing to a shortage in technical capabilities and soft skills.
The TEC initiative seeks to plug this gap by providing schools in South Africa with the necessary tools to equip learners with market-relevant skills that prepare them for the world of work throughout the course of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0.
“It is fantastic that Komatsu is part of the TEC initiative, as this programme is driven by our shared values to give back to the continent, and to ensure that young people can learn in-demand skills that will help them find employment,” Blom commented.
Since the global launch of the TEC initiative in 2012, 19 schools in 11 countries, two of which are in Morocco and Nigeria, have been established, with the Sedibeng TVET College becoming the twentieth school to fall under the auspices of the programme.
“Through this TEC initiative, students will develop a comprehensive set of tools to improve their job prospects in the technical industry. It is exciting that Cummins and Komatsu have seized the opportunity to provide a local community-based solution to a global workforce problem,” Butera remarked.
The latest addition to the TEC initiative in South Africa builds off a global corporate responsibility agreement that was signed by Cummins and Komatsu in June 2016. The global agreement established general guidelines and a framework for Komatsu and Cummins to form, co-develop, and implement late secondary or post-secondary vocational education programmes at global sites.
Cummins Inc. is a diverse, community-minded technical leader in the design, manufacture, sale and service of diesel engines, power generation equipment and related components.
After almost six decades in South and southern Africa, Komatsu has grown to become one of the continent’s foremost suppliers of Japanese manufactured earthmoving equipment to the mining and construction industries. Products are supported by an expansive service and support network.