Steve Parkinson was recently appointed head of the thyssenkrupp Technical Training Academy. The Academy opened its doors in Q4 of 2018, at the thyssenkrupp Service Centre in Chloorkop, Johannesburg.

The thyssenkrupp Technical Training Academy in Chloorkop, Johannesburg. Image credit: thyssenkrupp

The thyssenkrupp Technical Training Academy in Chloorkop, Johannesburg. Image credit: thyssenkrupp

“I am eager to use my new position to make a difference on the continent through the Training Academy,” states Parkinson who brings to the table notable qualifications in manufacturing and operations as well as vast industry experience. His extensive job portfolio includes training delivery and development, compliance as well as sales.

The technical skills-centric Academy boasts success with its first-class, in-house developed technical training and development programmes. “We are extremely proud of the third-year apprentices from the training facility who, without exception, achieved a 100% pass rate on the first attempt of their trade tests,” says Parkinson. “This achievement has set a high standard which we most certainly aim to maintain.”

Keeping in line with strategic objectives, the Academy develops and maintains MERSETA / Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) approved apprentice training programmes. “We received accreditation from the QCTO for both the Metal Machinist and Mechanical Fitter trades in July 2019,” adds Parkinson.

He also reveals that the popular Commercial Apprentice Training Scheme (CATS) programme will be expanding to accommodate two annual intakes of students over the next few years. “These various accreditations and accomplishments are indicative of the high quality of training we offer apprentices. On the back of these achievements, the Academy is perfectly positioned to further grow its in-depth capabilities and footprint into Africa.”

Welcoming Parkinson to thyssenkrupp, Philipp Nellessen, CEO at thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions sub-Saharan Africa says that he is integral to upholding the Technical Training Academy’s commitment to deliver exceptional technical training programmes that will set further benchmarks for excellence on the African continent. “We gave a clear mission to the training academy: We develop exceptional skills in Africa for Africa, and Steve Parkinson is exactly the head we need to continue and expand this mission.”