The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) are the lead national partners of High Gear, an exciting initiative managed by the International Youth Foundation (IYF) that is advancing South Africa’s public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college system. High Gear draws on industry knowledge and skills imperatives—along with IYF curricula enhancement tools—to strengthen the market relevance of select public TVET college courses. The program was launched in November, 2019 and runs through June, 2024.
Ultimately, High Gear aims to demonstrate a model for greater industry involvement in TVET course design and delivery that generates enthusiasm from TVET educators and industry, while also generating positive returns for young people and employers.
The UK Government’s Skills for Prosperity Programme is funding High Gear implementation in KwaZulu-Natal Province, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation are funding implementation in Eastern Cape Province. All three funding partners are supporting High Gear’s national stakeholder engagement and learning efforts. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with funding from the Government of Japan, are also co-funding High Gear’s development of an online career experience platform called Yakh’iFuture (Build Your Future).