Mercedes Benz South Africa (MBSA) has officially launched its learning academy; Mercedes Benz Learning Academy (MBLA) located just a few metres from the company’s manufacturing plant in East London, South Africa. The learning academy was transformed from a Technical Training Centre into a fully-fledged academy and was officially unveiled last week Thursday. The academy currently admits learners from South Africa only. However, MBSA CEO and Executive Director Manufacturing, Anor van der Merwe said admission of students from other countries in the region is something they are considering.
Van der Merwe said the academy aims to be the most advanced automotive training facility in the country. “We will do this by continuing to provide high-quality technical training which will produce skilled artisans in our continuing bid to curb unemployment, particularly amongst the youth in the region, in partnership with government and its initiatives for job creation,” said van der Merwe. The academy, which currently has 180 students in its rank and file, is equipped with cutting-edge advanced technology, ranging from robotics and plant automation to metal joining technologies.
The MBLA offers three categories of training. These are the shop floor skills training targeting unemployed school/college leavers for industry; apprenticeships focusing on qualified unemployed school/college leavers to artisans; and advanced technology training which up skills existing artisans with skills and advanced technologies.