By Ntsako Khosa
The Artisan Training Institute (ATI) has launched an HVAC&R course at its Kimberley branch.
The move from the technical skills training provider comes as the industry has seen significant growth. Danie Wentzel, head of the Kimberley satellite training centre, says, “Because of this growth, there is room to develop as a technician and a businessperson.”
Registered with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (merSETA), the course will run over a year with a focus to take it to a more advanced level – Wentzel shares. “Additionally, the course represents the fundamental aspects of the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for individuals who want to work in the air conditioning or refrigeration fields. Students will be able to perform basic refrigeration skills that will equip them for practical aspects on the job site,” he says.
Running for close to four decades, the Institute trains apprentices in the engineering trades from three campuses in South Africa, Roodepoort, Kimberley and Port Shepstone. “ATI also provides consulting related to engineering training, and flexible capacity building solutions within South Africa and abroad. We train approximately 2 400 learners per annum,” says CEO Sean Jones.
The Institute provides training in electrical including medium voltage, instrumentation, fitting, fitting and turning, millwright, boiler making, sheet metal, welding, petrol and diesel mechanics, and auto electrical.
For more information, visit their website.