According to Engineering News, BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) last week cut the ribbon on a new, R73-million training academy at its Rosslyn plant in Pretoria. The 6 000 m2 facility can host 300 apprentices a year.
“Global automotive production stands on the brink of momentous change with an increased focus on digitalisation and electrification,” commented BMW SA and Sub-Saharan Africa CEO Tim Abbott at the opening ceremony.
“The workforce of tomorrow needs to keep pace with these trends. At BMW Group South Africa we are investing in the skills of the future.”
The newly built training facility focuses on theoretical knowledge and practical application.
This includes training BMW staff on the advanced technologies that will be used in the production of the new BMW X3 model, set to kick off at Rosslyn in April. Around 96% of X3 production will be exported to markets such as Germany, France, Spain and the UK.
Modern manufacturing skills such as robot programming, advanced computer numerical control simulation and training on electric vehicles have all been included at the new academy.
An accredited trade test centre has been incorporated into the building, allowing learners to achieve their trade qualification in-house. This functionality will also be extended to the public in the course of 2018.