Over the past weekend, the Gauteng Department of Education in partnership with BMW South Africa has announced its plans to launch an engineering school in Soshanguve, Pretoria, with a focus on learners being trained to build the new BMW X3.

According to the Sowetan, the school will be officially launched this week Tuesday (9th April) by the Gauteng MEC of Education, Panyaza Lesufi, with the aim to nurture talent in young people across key disciplines.

“We are excited about our partnership with BMW SA, who donated and will hand over one of its first model X3s to the school for educational gain to our learners. Among others, they will also support the school with training services and material. This is a revolution and quality education we are advocating for which learners will benefit from,” said Lesufi.

The publication added the Department said industry and private partnerships were of paramount importance in addressing unemployment and skill shortages as they provide learners with workplace experience, learnerships, artisanship and entrepreneurial skills.

“Soshanguve Engineering School of Specialisation (SoS) are intended to respond to the skills shortage and unemployment crisis among the youth in the country. It is envisaged that SoS would equip learners with the skills and knowledge to give them the best chance of success in life,” added the Department’s spokesperson, Steve Mabona.

BMW SA will also donate at least one of its X3 models to the new Soshanguve Engineering School Specialisation (SoS) to assist with educational purposes.

[Source – Sowetan]