Skills Development


Productivity within the manufacturing sector in South Africa is critical to ensuring cost competitiveness and growth in the long term. The  Skills Development Programme aims to develop sufficient and sustainable pipeline of world class talent at critical levels of the organisation, encompassing a focus on recruitment, development & retention. In line with this, the DAC will support the goals of Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) in the auto industry.

Quarterly Best Practice Sessions

The key issues of labour stability and employee productivity were addressed in sessions held during the year. Previous, the DAC has facilitated capacity building on the following topics delivered by expert speakers: Labour Relations Act amendments, wage negotiations, disabilities within the workplace and skill development and employment equity as it relates to the revised BBBEE codes.

Management Development Programme (MDP)

An automotive aligned programme which equips automotive managers with the necessary competence to implement their organisations’ strategic objectives and build their skills in managing people. The DAC’s MDP is delivered by the University of Stellenbosch and currently 72 delegates have graduated from this programme.

Graduate Development Programme (GDP)

The GDP is aimed at addressing the critical shortage of engineering skills within the local automotive industry by focusing on recent graduates with degrees or diplomas in mechanical or industrial engineering, developing competencies in line with the industry’s requirements.

Team Leader Training

Team Leader training empowers first line managers to assume responsibility and drive change within their organisations through a clear set of best practice principles. This is accredited with merSETA and gives learners the opportunity to receive a National Certificate in Production Technology. The NQF level 3 aligned learnership is aimed at team leaders who are or will be responsible for leading a team in meeting defined objectives.