Skills Development

The growth and development of the steel industry in South Africa is dependent on educating, empowering and upskilling aspiring engineers, as well as artisans such as welders and boilermakers. 

Arcrite is committed to these ideals and, as such, supports various skills development initiatives, both inside the organisation and externally. It is an investment that hopes to see an increase – rather than the current shortage – in skilled labour in the steel industry.

The company’s skills development initiatives include apprenticeship programmes for welders and boilermakers to become red seal artisans, with assistance from the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA (merSETA).

Arcrite supports the Western Cape Provincial Government’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism by making their facilities available, and training learners on the department’s Skills Development and Innovation programme.

Arcrite's mechanical engineering internship programme whereby they offer mechanical engineering students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) a place to complete their one-year in-service training is something they are particularly passionate about. To date, eight students have completed their training at Arcrite and went on to qualify as engineers. In exceptional cases, these graduates are offered a further year to gain work experience with the company. Futhermore, three such graduates have been permanently employed in mangement positions at Arcrite.

For an experience of a different kind Arcrite is one of the official sponsors of the Adaptronics Advanced Manufacturing Technology Laboratory (AMTL) at CPUT’s biennial Formula 1 student project. The project involves students designing, building, testing and racing their own F1 car against 80 other universities from around the world at the Silverstone race track in the UK.