Brief BackgroundThe South African Technology and Training platform (SATTP) was established in 2010 in association with the South African Technology Network (SATN), a network of universities of technology in South Africa. SATTP works with the further and higher education sector; institutions offering vocational/career-oriented education and training; technical/technology higher education, applied research and innovation in SADC and with international network partners.
Technology and Innovation Interface
SATTP serves as the link and interface between innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, start-ups, spin-offs, SMEs, commercial entities, NGOs and community organisations on the one hand, and universities of technology/technical universities and applied researchers on the other. SATTP links innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs with inventions, bright ideas, and smarter and newer ways of working, with the relevant persons/units at universities of technology/technical universities/technology transfer offices who provide support with research, testing, patenting, protection of Intellectual Property (IP) and commercialisation of the final product/idea. SATTP harnesses the expertise of universities of technology to assist from ‘innovation to commercialisation’ so that South African inventions remain in South Africa for the benefit of inventors. SATTP also provides a central academic platform for facilitating issues such as:
- Collaborative educational processes on a national level
- Collaborative research on a national and international level
- Collaborative contract research on a national and international level
- The actioning of the entire ‘from innovation to commercialisation’ process
SATTP serves to coordinate and drive collaborative research processes and facilitates the introduction of new technologies
SATTP provides a service to
- innovators needing to have their inventions researched, developed and protected
- companies needing activities, processes and products researched, analysed, acknowledged and reported upon; and
- universities and their researchers/departments/speciality units who can assist in getting new ideas and smarter ways commercialised, and specialised activities/products/methodologies registered for research incentives and wider commercial recognition.
Community DevelopmentSATTP also partners with community organisations, SMEs, NGOs, companies and government entities to provide education, training and development solutions to meet the varied skills needs of employees on a small, large and wide-spread scale. This includes training and skilling employees in the private and public sector, especially SMEs and start-ups to ensure the viability and sustainability of new entrepreneurial ventures. Education, training and development programs and initiatives are also tailored to satisfy community, societal and political demands for a better life for all. In doing this, SATTP
- identifies training needs as established/required/requested by a company/ organisation/SME/farmer/NGO/community/labour union/public sector entity/ etc.;
- designs training courses to meet the identified need;
- provides trainers/facilitators for the training identified;
- assists in the accreditation/registration of courses where necessary or required;
- where necessary, arrange for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to persons who have work experience and who would want credit for that;
- drafts Work-Skills Plans in accordance with legislation, and applies for skills funding for the above training (where it is in the form of ‘Learnerships’) or other funding set aside for training in the agricultural sector; and
- conducts research to guide, inform, document and ensure that all the above fits into place.
SATTP approaches trained/skilled/qualified persons in the universities of technology, Further and Education Training (FET) colleges, technology transfer offices, and private providers to assist in the design/curriculation/accreditation/registration/assessment/ moderation/certification/teaching/training process in order to provide a single solution to a multi-faceted problem. Where necessary/required, lecture rooms, laboratories and other facilities are sourced from/on local campuses of universities of technology and FET colleges in any region of South Africa.
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