The Gauteng department of education is to launch an engineering school in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, with an automotive focus where high school learners will be trained how to build the new BMW X3.
To make this a reality, BMW SA has donated at least one of its X3 models to the new Soshanguve Engineering School of Specialisation (SoS) for educational purposes, said the department’s spokesperson Steve Mabona.
“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 revolutionary, quality education we are advocating which learners will benefit from,” said MEC Panyaza Lesufi.
Lesufi is expected to launch the school on Tuesday in a bid to nurture talent in young people across key disciplines.
“SoS (schools of specialisation) 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,” said Mabona.
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.