SAFPA backs fluid power training institution

The development will help bridge the skills divide in the country.

JFA2 is the South African Fluid Power Association’s (SAFPA’s) first accredited training institution, Equipment Africa learnt at this year’s Electra Mining Africa.

The technical and training institution is offering a National Certificate in fluid power, which is endorsed by the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Skills Education Training Authority.

Once they have completed the course, learners will have the standards and range of knowledge needed to start a career in the fluid power environment.

There has been a dearth of young entrants into the industry, and this initiative is expected to bridge the skills divide in the country, and grow a steady pipeline of technical skills needed at manufacturing, distribution and equipment operation levels of the “yellow metal” supply chain.

Comprehension and knowledge combined with application of language, mathematics, physical science and technical drawing at N3 level will secure learners admission to the course. They will also have to attend an interview and test to assess abilities. In addition, recognition of prior learning assessments will be done at different levels to ascertain competency of learners to progress to the next level.

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