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Thursday 10 June 2021

Engineering your future: what measures are in place to help students graduate?

The Southern African Landscape is facing a severe shortage of engineering skills in Africa. This in itself is threatening Africa’s progress towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This has been earmarked as a dire issue that needs to be addressed to meet the World Federation of Engineering Organizations Estimate of the need of 2.5 million new engineers that is needed to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals to move Africa forward in a sustainable manner.

Could this be the lack of support from academia, government or sector itself or the lack of funding for education?

Join Initiate as we interview the President of the SAIEE (Southern African Institute of Electrical Engineers, the Chairperson of the SAIEE entrepreneurship and innovation chapter as well as the founding owner of FEENIX a student crowd funding platform?

Interview with SAIEE and SAIEE EIC

12:00 - 12:10 

  • How does SAIEE assist the sector with the current shortage of skilled technicians and engineers or is this just a perception?
  • What skills are companies currently recruiting for?
  • What can be done by government, academia, public sector to increase the number of active engineers in the field?
  • What advice can project developers give for working with the community and sourcing labour locally?
  • Three things you look for in a new applicant/candidate?
  • Knowing what you know today, what would you have done differently in your career that is applicable to everyone regardless of their chosen career??

Interview with FEENIX

12:10 - 12:15

  • How does FEENIX assist the sector with the current shortage of skilled technicians and engineers through their crowd funding platform?
  •  Tell us a little more about FEENIX and how it was started?
  • What can be done by government, academia, public sector to increase the number of qualified individuals more specifically related to the field of engineering to try and tackle the and access to student funding?
  • Three things you look for in a new applicant/candidate?
  • Knowing what you know today, what would you have done differently in your career that is applicable to everyone regardless of their chosen career?

Get in Touch!

Get in touch with our Initiate! project lead to discuss the various options.

Name: Naz Fredericks

Email: nazlee.fredericks@wearevuka.com

Nr: +27 (0) 21 001 3822 / +27 (0) 71 404 1142

Host Ministry

  • Mineral resources & energy

Host Utility

  • eskom-logo

Host City

  • City-of-Cape-Town

Platinum Sponsor

  • Conlog
  • Actom Pty Ltd
  • Gridspertise
  • SAP
  • Sulzer

Diamond Sponsor

  • General Electric

Silver Sponsor

  • Siemens
  • Megger

Registration Sponsor

  • SAP

Host Publication

  • ESI Africa

CEO Forum Partners

  • Conlog
  • Eaton
  • Oracle Utilities
  • Prime Alliance
  • Eskom GC

Municipal Leaders Forum Partners

  • IFC

Global Knowledge Partner

  • Enel Foundation

Initiate Supporting Partners

  • Sarebi
  • SAIEE
  • FEENIX