The learners who visited Dual Valves were treated to a Tool and Die maker performing his craft of making moulds for their IP valves. Their tour took them through the manufacturing plant to the assembly plant. It was clear, from the expressions on the learner’s faces and their inquiring questions, that each one valued the experience.
“The Fumana school visit to our factory went very well today,” said Conrad Atsell of Paltech, “the kids were very interested in what we are doing here, and one could tell by the questions raised, they enjoyed every second of it. Just couldn’t believe the time flew past so quickly.”
The learners at Ainsworth Engineering visited the workshops, where they were shown various skills such as welding, turning, valve fitting, and testing. In addition they were shown how Lathes, Vertical and Horizontal Boring Mills, Multi drilling & CNC machines operate.
“We found the learners very well behaved and willing to learn. They were not shy to ask questions.
We hope they had a meaningful morning with a better understanding of the manufacturing process.
Our wish is that some are inspired to look at a trade as a career path.” said Colleen Moir from Ainsworth Engineering.
“VAMCOSA members are very much interested in educating and bringing awareness to students and parents about choosing a trade over the usual Lawyer/Accountant route. South Africa is crying for Artisans at the moment, to the point that they are recruiting people from India etc. You are guaranteed a job in SA at the moment if you have a trade. It also moves parents away from the expensive University route. I am happy at the fact that I saw a few girls as well, woman can definitely fit into this industry.” According to Prinisha Govender from Mitech.
The learners who visited Cobra Water Tech were taken through the different departments to observe the production process of each product, from core blowing through to casting and fettling. The balance between human labour and technology intrigued the learners, especially the CNC section. All in all, after seeing the process the students were excited to flow a path into plumbing, one they had not considered.
The VAMCOSA members were very impressed with the interest shown by the learners at Fumana, perhaps the next generation in the making…
The learners at Fumana will have another opportunity for a site visit at a VAMCOSA member site in 2016 as the initiative rolls into year two of the Fumana Project.