Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is committed to uplifting the community through participation in educational projects. FMCSA has therefore undertaken to support Orbit College for Further Education and Training by supplying parts and equipment to be used for technical training in the Colleges motor industry apprenticeship programme.
“We believe that in order to ensure continued success, companies must act in a responsible manner,” says Charles Kemp, technical training manager of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa. “By promoting skills development and education we are able to advance a culture of excellence and lifelong learning.”
Situated within the North West Province, Orbit College has adopted a mandate to play an ever-increasing role in addressing the skills shortages in South Africa. Being part of the Department of higher education and training, FET Colleges are geared towards working in close collaboration with Universities and SETA’s.
Recognising the importance of such institutes FMCSA has committed to donating hoists, oil receptacles, a spray paint and repair booth, worktables, and bench vices. The workshop equipment will allow the students to develop their skills using modern technology that they will be exposed to when they enter the job market.
The College also received a Ford Ikon, Ford Ranger, three Ford Bantams, Ford Focus engine, Ford Focus front and rear suspensions and two 3.0litre Ford Ranger diesel engines. The vehicles were originally destined to be scrapped, as they were used for various testing and development purposes. The vehicles will still be written off as they are not suitable for use on public roads and will be utilised purely for technical training purposes.
“We feel passionate about supporting educational initiatives that will develop and uplift the community. By supporting economic growth, employment creation and the alleviation of poverty we ensure a strong pool of talent and skills to draw from in the future as we strive to compete on the global stage ,” concludes Kemp.