Engineering Sciences Amongst List of Critical Skills Shortage

Minister of Education announces Engineering Sciences amongst the list of critical skills shortage and areas for further study in South Africa. According to a statement by the basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga made on the 10th of January 2011, Engineering Sciences is amongst the list of critical skills shortages and areas for further study. The African Academy is amongst the numerous FET Colleges nationwide offering courses in the critically scarce-skilled area of Engineering and Draughting. The Academy also focuses on obtaining a minimum of 50% previously disadvantaged students – assisting hopefuls to embark on a meaningful and successful career in Draughting. After the release of the 2010 Matric results, Motshekga announced that an increased percentage of 67,8% of Matrics had passed the 2010 exams, compared to the 60,7% in 2009. While this is good news for the successful 67% of the country’s Matric students, it still leaves at least 30% of students who, if not repeating Matric in 2011 need to source alternate opportunities to complete their tertiary studies, such as Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges like the African Academy.

Even a percentage of the passing 67% students will not have achieved university exemptions or will choose not to attend university. This leaves a large amount of students who will be sourcing alternate tertiary educational institutes such as FET Colleges or registering for learnerships through the SETA system, amongst many more. Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges especially can be found nationwide in South Africa, offering vocational training courses and qualifications at various levels of study foreither learners having completed Grade 9 or possessing Grade 12 certificates. Along with vocational courses, FET Colleges also offer NATED courses which include a combination of practical and theory work and students can enrol for these courses at different times throughout the year on semester bases. African Academy offers a variety of qualifications and software training courses to cater for the needs of all individuals and companies alike. These include:

  • Bridging Course N3 for the student who is failing or struggling with their Maths or Science
  • Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice (NQF Level 4) – Basic Draughting course for Matrics
  • Structural Steelwork Detailing (NQF Level 5) – Advanced Draughting
  • Architectural Technology (NQF Level 5) – Advanced Draughting
  • Piping Draughting (NQF Level 5) – Advanced Draughting
  • Technical Drawing – for the student who didn’t take technical drawing in school
  • Software Training

For learners who are unsure of which path to follow for their required interests and needs, advice may be obtained via the career advice services at FET Colleges, the career advice website at or from the NQF and Career Advice Helpline on 0860 111 673. The helpline can also be contacted via SMS on 072 2045 056 or email on

The Post-School Options Information Pack is available on the website,, or may be emailed to callers who request the pack from the helpline (0860 111 673 or SMS 072 2045 056 or email on

For more information on courses or the African Academy itself, visit

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