McCarthy Motor Holdings has announced that its first group of trainees to complete a national certificate in vehicle sales and servicing graduated on Tuesday in what has been hailed as a first for the local industry.

McCarthy Motor Holdings has announced that its first group of trainees to complete a national certificate in vehicle sales and servicing graduated on Tuesday in what has been hailed as a first for the local industry.

The company said the training formed part of a two-year training remodelling and was in line with the national government’s Skills Development Act, the implementation of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and the establishment of MerSETA (the Education and Training Authority for the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector).

"For our country to become world competitive, and for it to achieve meaningful economic growth, we need people whose knowledge base is in alignment with the requirements of the 21st century," said Brand Pretorius, chief executive of McCarthy Limited.

"Development and training expenditure should be regarded as a sound investment in a better future," said Pretorius. This can only be brought about through the implementation of structured and focused development programmes. Appropriate knowledge and skills levels provide the key to better jobs, higher productivity and sustainable empowerment. "

McCarthy Motor Holdings currently has 258 registered learnerships, and provides training for a further 140 learners in companies to which it provides a technical training service.

Besides its learnership-related activities, McCarthy's also provides technical training to a further 220 staff members completing apprenticeships and autotronics courses. The company recently opened an advanced vehicle electronics training facility at its Technical Training Centre in Midrand. With the total investment in the laboratory amounting to R680 000 the venture will allow McCarthy to offer further advanced training to the motor industry.