By Thomas Rasehloka and Naledi Thapeli – 13 Oct 2020
EMC Delegates during FSASEC lab tour
Ongoing worldwide phenomena, for example, ‘new methods of working, changes in working practices and work conditions, as well as changes in the part of preparing and training’ request higher learning establishments to be engaged and form association with the ‘rest of the world’ and rethink their positions, this is evident in the creation of partnerships between the French South African Schneider Electric Education Centre (FSASEC) and various institutions of higher learning.
Almost 6 months of not setting a foot in the FSASEC hub at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), on Friday 02 October 2020, the training centre’s students and employees were honoured with a visit by delegates from Eastcape Midlands College (EMC). The aim of the visit was to introduce the rest of the Eastcape delegates to the FSASEC brand as well as evaluating possible opportunities that could benefit their prospective students. This visit could be the start of a new chapter of growing the partnership between FSASEC VUT and EMC.
According to Mr. Charl Van Heerden (EMC Principal), the EMC has great intentions of opening a FSASEC branch at the college. He excitedly communicated, “The last time I was here, I saw a great opportunity to invest in terms of partnership, the reason I am here again with my colleagues is that we share same the sentiments.”
The EMC delegates were warmly welcomed by Ms. Welile Nyembe-FSASEC Coordinator and Mr. Hendrik Van der Merwe – Operations Manager TTI who expressed that; “The training centre is open for great opportunities and we are also expanding and viewing other options of partnerships”, he further elaborated that there are pipeline plans for a prosperous partnership between FSASEC and one of South Africa’s prominent university, yet to be announced in a few months.
The training centre has been operating for over 8 years. With the current pandemic, the students’ training was affected which will cause the academic year to overlap into the new year of 2021.