UK announces investment in electric vehicle skills in South Africa

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The UK has announced funding of 3.7 million rand (£190,000) for new skills development across South Africa for jobs in the fast-growing electric vehicle sector.

In a statement released on Wednesday (June 22), the British High Commission said the new support will fund research to ensure South African students develop much-needed skills in the electric vehicle sector, as well as new training content in line and speaker support.

“This partnership aims to help South Africa achieve its own decarbonization targets over time, support a just transition and unlock the significant investment opportunities created in a rapidly emerging global low-carbon economy. “said British High Commissioner to South Africa Antony Phillipson.

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“The UK has been a long-standing partner in supporting South Africa’s climate ambitions, having invested over R4.8bn (£250m) in international climate finance in South Africa. between 2011 and 2021. In recent years, UK companies have been responsible for 50% of investment in the fast-growing renewable energy sector.

“This week we were delighted to announce even more partnerships between the UK and South Africa with new support for electric vehicle training and green hydrogen skills research – to ensure that South African workers and youth are the main beneficiaries of the country’s transition to a greener future.”

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The British High Commission has also partnered with the Department of Science and Innovation on a report on how to strengthen the country’s skills base for a green hydrogen future.

Hydrogen energy is a clean and sustainable alternative to coal. The report identifies the type of skills and training needed and how these can be delivered through South Africa’s college-level Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system.

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