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About the Smart Industry Academy Port Elizabeth (South Africa)

In the first half of 2021 we will open the first Smart Industry Academy on the African continent in cooperation with the Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (SOC) Ltd (AIDC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Eastern Cape Development Corporation. The Academy is designed to help the automotive industry and other industries to remain fit for the future and to become more competitive on a global scale.

In line with the strategy to support the South Africa Automotive Master Plan 2035 – and in particular the Skills and Localisation pillars – the AIDC has proposed to establish the Academy to develop skills that will support not only the automotive industry but the industry as a whole with access to technologies and skills relevant to Industry 4.0 and smart factories. AIDC is working with Volkswagen SA, Jendamark, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the provincial government, academia and other international partners to support this first Smart Industry Academy in South Africa.

The Academy will help to learn and develop the skills needed for the fourth industrial revolution. Overall, it will act as a catalyst to, among other things, increase the quantity of locally produced components for vehicle assembly, support new market entrants and realize the growth of existing companies. This is in line with the government’s SA Automotive Master Plan 2035.

The Academy will also provide access to cutting-edge technology, research and training materials. Through the support of the integrated German partners and the international network of academies around the globe, the Academy will help the region to build a highly qualified pool of workers and ensure secure jobs  and growth through the use of intelligent technologies.

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