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The second edition of EduTrans – A Guide to Careers in the Wheels Game is about to land at high schools around the country, opening the eyes of learners to the plethora of career possibilities in the automotive sector.
Published by Charmont Media Global, publisher of FOCUS, EduTrans provides learners with advice to help them decide on a career.
Many university and further education and training (FET) options specific to the industry are discussed, as are the availability of bursaries, scholarships, learnerships and training programmes.
EduTrans was introduced in order to alleviate the skills crisis within the wheels game in South Africa. According to the latest Adcorp Employment Index (a monthly survey conducted by JSE-listed human capital management group, Adcorp), there are currently as many as 829 800 unfilled positions for highly-skilled workers across a wide range of occupations in South Africa.
Many of these positions apply to the motor and transport sectors, which are also desperately in need of people with hands-on and practical skills – diesel mechanics, for instance.
In fact, the skills shortage has widely been described as the single biggest challenges facing the “wheels” sector.
Some of the various careers discussed in EduTrans include those of driving instructor, vehicle technician, motoring journalist, panel beater and road planner.
Significantly, the information contained within the guide is truly practical. For instance, the guide contains essential information on these various professions – advantages, disadvantages, required studies and earning potential.
Thousands copies of EduTrans will be distributed to schools and educational institutions across South Africa at the end of June.
In addition, for the first time, EduTrans will be available to learners on their mobile devices. In partnership with the Mxit- and Android-based CareerXplora, from the renowned Brainwave Careers, the reach of EduTrans will extend to thousands more youth.
“The response we have received from educational institutions, thus far, has been fantastic. They are hungry for resources such as EduTrans and we are proud to be able to provide South Africa’s learners with this valuable booklet,” says Tina Monteiro, EduTrans publisher.
Charmont Media Global wishes to thank the following companies for their support of EduTrans: ACT Engineering, African Bank, Bandag, Brainwave Careers, Checkpoint, Elite Fibre, Ford Motor Company of South Africa, Foton Trucks SA, Hino South Africa, Irizar, Kanu Commercial Body Construction, MAN Truck & Bus South Africa, Mercedes-Benz South Africa, Peugeot Citroën South Africa, The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa), UD Trucks Southern Africa and Volvo Trucks South Africa.