Rethinking business practices offers the perfect chance to shape a new vision for upskilling and reskilling employees. This creates the opportunity to partner with the education sector to help drive skills development programmes that better reflect the needs of businesses today and into the future with the Fourth Industrial Revolution reshaping how people live and work.
This reinvention can also enable improved regional collaboration between countries on the continent. For example, South African skilled professionals could bring their experience to bear on infrastructure development projects across the continent in places where large-scale infrastructure is being newly implemented. If more countries look at ways of working with their neighbours to develop regional zones of STEM expertise, the continent will be able to drastically reshape how it goes about skills development, training, and even job creation.
“Because Africa consists of so many developing nations often funding availability is directly impacted by global and local market developments, trends and volatility – particularly public and major projects. This has a trickledown effect on project planning and pipelines, and as a result the ability to retain in-country project experience for STEM professionals. But, if done correctly, collaborating and sharing knowledge across borders when such projects do get underway not only enhances the exposure for these professionals, but such opportunities can be leveraged to create programmes for upskilling and training of young STEM professionals, thereby growing regional expertise. Ultimately, it comes down to creating enough opportunity to develop the skills required to the benefit of future advancement in Africa,” concludes du Plooy.
WSP is a proud STEM employer and year-on-year supports among the most candidates from a single firm working towards Professional registration in the industry. Today the business employs 86 professionally registered engineers, technologists, technicians and scientists, and 62 registered candidates (with ECSA & SACNASP), 74% are EE and 32% are female (including non-EE). The business has also awarded 20 full- and part time Engineering & Science bursaries for the 2021 academic year, all EE bursars and 45% of these bursars are female.
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