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Multi-disciplinary consulting engineering company Bosch Holdings established Bosch Ulwazi to facilitate the advancement of engineering skills by providing solutions for engineer development and technical training, as well as supplier/enterprise and socio-economic development. Bosch Ulwazi’s Engineer-in-Training (EIT) programme has been developed to provide opportunities for candidates to enhance their practical engineering competency, to meet the Engineering Council of South Africa’s (ECSA’s) requirements for professional registration, over a period of three years from graduation.

Bosch Holdings grows engineering skills

The EIT programme currently covers six phases – orientation, site exposure, design, project management, knowledge of other disciplines and applicable legislation. On completion of the EIT programme, candidates will have a comprehensive portfolio of evidence that assists their submission for ECSA professional status.

Since the introduction of the EIT programme in 2010, graduates have worked on Bosch Holdings projects in South Africa, Brazil, India, Barbados, Tanzania, Swaziland, China, Oman and Kenya. To date, 15 graduates have successfully registered as professional technicians, technologists and engineers. Bosch Ulwazi has also assisted 10 senior engineers within Bosch Holdings to complete their registrations as mature applicants with ECSA for professional status.

Although this programme focuses on the development of graduate engineers and project managers, the course content can be re-modelled for graduates in other disciplines, including human resources, quantity surveyors and financial graduates, says Mike Gibbon, CEO of Bosch Holdings.

“With the challenges of drastic skills shortages in South Africa, we believe it is critical that the business sector escalates its involvement in education and skills development. Bosch Holdings has taken important steps towards this through initiatives such as the EIT programme,” he says.

“Since its inception in 1961, Bosch Holdings has made a substantial investment in its people. The implementation of skills development programmes and compliance with accredited quality management systems, has been central to expanding our capabilities to include multi-disciplinary consulting, project engineering and operational management services - not only in Africa, but globally.”

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