A Proposed Education-Industry Partnership for Skills Development in the Marine Manufacturing Sector
Author Vanessa Davidson
Affiliations: Former Executive Manager, South African Boat Builders Export Council (SABBEX)
Source: South African Journal of Maritime Education and Training, Volume 1 Issue 1, p. 21-28
The marine manufacturing sector is a diverse and multi-faceted industry with a wide range of different skills sets that often overlap with other sectors. A few specialist qualifications have been developed but a disjuncture exists between industry and education who have difficulty in finding a common language to talk about skills partnerships. Four studies between 2016 and 2018 focused on marine manufacturing and skills provision are reviewed and their key findings elucidated. The paper forefronts different conceptual frameworks underpinning skills planning, it questions who is responsible for the development of qualifications and curricula and lastly raises the divergent views of industry and education with respect to skills responsiveness and changing production contexts and innovations. The paper concludes there is a need to narrow the gap between training provision and industrial work contexts. It is proposed that this could be achieved through strong leadership and well-resourced training provision that is responsive and flexible. The need for a mutual understanding needs to underpin any interventions such as group training models and relevant partnerships between industry associations and training providers.