THE continued commitment of Germany to support the TVET sector in South Africa was assured with an inaugural workshop at Eastcape Midlands College (EMC) in Uitenhage, which marked the start of the project’s second phase which will continue for the next three years. The project hopes to create a cooperation with a leading automobile association aimed at strengthening the link between the private sector and the TVET colleges, similar to the German system where TVET training is regulated through trade associations based on the needs of the industry. This is a follow-up of the successful first phase TVET partnership project between the Handwerksammer (HWK) Erfurt, Germany and the TVET institutions of the Eastern Cape.The workshop at EMC was hosted by a delegation from the German Handwerksammer led by Stefan Lobenstein, president of HWK Erfurt and Thomas Malcherek, CEO of HWK. The event was facilitated by Birgit MacMahon, the German resident project manager. According to Kate Oladimeji, EMC communications supervisor, the first phase of the project which took place from November 2016 to November 2019.“A total of 20 TVET motor mechanic lecturers, from all eight TVET Colleges in Eastern Cape, including the teachers from one technical high school, received intensive training in modern automobile diagnostics,” said Oladimeji. “The project also supported the modernisation of the workshops of the partner schools and the upgrading of the training workshop at Eastcape Midlands TVET College, which was the principal location used for teacher training activities locally. “This policy assures that training institutions fulfil their mandate to create a skilled work force according to the needs of the labour market,” said Oladimeji. Demand based teacher training and continued upskilling of teachers will remain a priority of the project, which will be led by a German project manager.