As profoundly articulated in the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS III), the single greatest contributors to poverty are unemployment and low paid work. Government’s position is clear: the new development and growth path for South Africa requires the participation of all economically active South Africans in productive activity. The policy levers to achieve faster growth, higher employment and reduced levels of poverty include skills development which must assist the formal private sector growth, labour-intensive industries, infrastructure investment, public service delivery and rural development.
Quality education and training is needed at all levels.
The transport sector is a key demand-driven input sector that has been identified by all economic policy trajectories as one of the drivers of economic growth. The sector has important spill-over effects that affect the entire economy. An improvement in transport decreases the input costs of industry, which in turn improves production costs and reduces inflationary pressures.
ACADEMY MISSION AND OBJECTIVES
To provide high quality training to the transport sector that is affordable, relevant, student- and sector-centred and contributes to the total development of individuals through:
- Optimal utilisation of resources
- Aynamic modes of delivery
- Appropriately skilled/sourced staff
- Aggressive research and development into appropriate programmes
Integrated professional development of target students.
The following strategic objectives have been defined for the academy:
- To provide a platform for the advancement of critical skills within the taxi industry and the broader transport sector thereby facilitating the achievement of the objectives of the NSDS III.
- To develop a pool of resources and personnel that is competent and professional in executing their functions.
- To improve service delivery and create a customer-orientated service within the transport industry.
- To strengthen the implementation of the Department of Transport and TR3 2020 strategies and ensure that their intended outcomes are achieved.
- To provide the basis for empowerment and sustainability within the public transport industry and the taxi industry, in particular.
- To improve and deepen the level of understanding and capacity for policy, business and operational procedures.
- To create employment opportunities for various segments of the community within the transport industry, especially women.
- To support the implementation of the EMS and improve the usage of IT systems within all operations in the industry.
- To fast track delivery of an efficient and an integrated transport system in the country.
INCREASED PROGRAMME AND COURSE REGISTRATION
- To educate and train all the targeted participants from the transport sector and that have been identified as potentially benefiting from the programmes offered by the academy.
- To ensure that the programmes offered by the academy meets the occupational training and capacitation needs of the broader transport sector and the taxi industry in particular.
- To ensure that the existing and potential direct and indirect academy clients perceive the academy to be the first-choice institution and a centre of excellence by ensuring that they are acquainted with the range of programme and course offerings, participant successes and potential value-added services available at the academy.
- To enjoy longstanding and mutually beneficial relations and partnerships with the broader social and economic community of the academy that convert into increased trainees and programme delegates, funding, Employment opportunities and individual manager and employee performance.
- To establish and maintain first rate, technologically advanced and safe learning and recreational facilities on training sites utilised and owned by the academy that foster a welcoming and stimulating learning environment.