SKF training gives learners at Future Mechanics Academy the edge
2014 March 20, 07:33 Africa
SKF South Africa has joined forces with Future Mechanics Academy (FMA) to give previously disadvantaged learners the edge in the field of motor mechanics and auto electrical.
Since January 2003, FMA has been giving hands-on skills to school leavers, non-matriculants, previously disadvantaged individuals, etc. 16 years or older. This training enables them to qualify in the future under section 28 at Olifantsfontein, make them more workshop employable and help them to become self-sustainable.
Apprenticeships are only granted to candidates who have matriculated with Mathematics and Science and who are in possession of a valid drivers’ licence. “We identified a very definite need for motor mechanics and auto electrical training of previously disadvantaged school leavers (16 years and older) who do not have a grade 12,” explains Wayne Jones (Director) who together with fellow qualified technicianRaymond Jones (Instructor) and Melissa van Heerden (Director) make sure everything runs smoothly at FMA.
Wayne was part of the Auby Boyz Racing Team sponsored by SKF over a three year period. “So when I heard SKF offers training, I approached them and requested that they do the training with our learners. SKF immediately agreed to assist us.”
The training covers basic aspects of Mechanics with modules such as Motor Mechanics beginner, Motor Mechanics advanced, Auto Electrical and ‘Know your engine’. Successful graduates are awarded certificates in NQF1-Motor Mechanics Beginner, NQF2-Motor Mechanics Advanced and Practical Experience.
The SKF training is presented over 12 months and consists of three two-hour long sessions. “Our training covers the entire SKF product range supplied to the market, including wheel bearings, timing belt kits, etc.,” according to SKFKey Accounts Manager - Automotive Aftermarket,Eddie Martens. “Currently our training is theoretical which we support with audio-visual material such as fitment videos but there are plans to move towards hands-on training at a later stage.”
“We also share our knowledge of root failure cause and analysis to provide a better understanding of this important subject. Graduates are taught correct fitting procedures and how to diagnose failures; they are also ‘let in’ updated on latest trends in the automotive market.” Eddie adds that SKF’s contact details are left with the graduates should they have any future enquiries.
It is only SKF’s second year of involvement in the Academy and Eddie reports that they are already seeing success. “52 delegates attended our first session this year and it was truly rewarding to witness how eagerly our training was received. Their keen and active participation resulted in a two hour session becoming three hours! On the day we issued their certificates, the successful delegates had questions relating to the last session and showed great interest in future training sessions. Their enthusiasm was infectious!” concludes Eddie.
SKF’s automotive after-market product offering for passenger and commercial vehicles include wheel end, engine, drive line, suspension, transmission (commercial vehicles) as well as tool and lubricant solutions.