For the second year running, Continental Tyre South Africa has been the title sponsor of The Herald Continental Matric of the Year campaign. CTSA has always believed that education is key to uplifting society and has identified this as a means of identifying young talent. The company has partnered with the Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) to form the Automotive Experiential Career Development Programme (AECDP).
This programme, developed to address the ongoing shortage of learners studying Mathematics and Science in South Africa, aims to improve the pass rate in these subjects, while encouraging learners, specifically those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to enter the fields of Science, Engineering and Technology.
As part of its innovative approach to learning and development, CTSA offers the unique programme to staff members and their children at school, in order to promote the company culture of continual learning, leadership and diversity
The programme includes an intensive week long engineering and technology winter school, hosted by NMMU’s Mechanical Engineering department. Learners undergo extensive revision in Physics and Science and visit relevant industry sites. The programme is believed to be one of the most successful of its kind.
According to Communications Manager, Jiminy-Ann Bosman, the event helps bring together pupils of all races, genders and social classes in a desire to receive a quality education, while achieving their potential.
The 2015 Winter School Learners recently graduated from the AEDCP Winter School programme. Managing Director of CTSA, Shaun Uys, who closed the ceremony, wished the learners luck with their final exams and career choices. “I was an engineering student at NMMU (then called UPE),” he said. “Today, as the Managing Director of Continental Tyres South Africa, I can tell you that you can achieve this too, if you take advantage of the opportunities offered to you.”