An agreement between NUST and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) resulted in the launch of the Employability Improvement Project (EIP) last year. To date, 50 undergraduate students have benefited from the project during its first phase of implementation. The Kaizen technique, a Japanese business philosophy of continuous improvement of working practices and personal efficiency, is used to facilitate the programme. The main philosophical pillar of Kaizen is the idea that small improvements over time can be gradually accumulated, leading to substantial long-term results.
Prior to the implementation of the EIP at NUST, seven staff members were trained as facilitators. Thereafter, the Employability Improvement Project was launched and subsequently the handing over of the training kit materials valued at N$ 250 000.
The project supports the existing Pre-Work Integrated Learning course at NUST that includes a component of hands on practical employability skills training.
The EIP has been implemented in six technical universities in South Africa, namely, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Central University of Technology, Durban University of Technology, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Tshwane University of Technology, Vaal University of Technology and University of Johannesburg.