GE invests $ 2.5 million in next generation of Johannesburg engineers



GE invests $ 2.5 million in next generation of Johannesburg engineers

Next Engineers enables us to expose students to the world of engineering from an early age through invaluable hands-on learning experiences

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, October 13, 2021 / APO Group / –

Today, General Electric (GE) ( announced an investment of $ 2.5 million over five years in Johannesburg to launch Next Engineers, a global initiative to increase the diversity of young people in engineering. GE chose Johannesburg as one of four inaugural sites, with the aim of inspiring more than 3,500 local students aged 13 to 18 in grades 8 to 12, to provide first-hand experiences in engineering and ” grant financial support to continue their studies in engineering.

GE is partnering with PROTEC, South Africa’s leading nonprofit organization that empowers local students to pursue and grow in STEM-based careers, to implement Next Engineers locally.

Earlier this year, GE pledged US $ 100 million to launch Next Engineers. Over the next decade, the goal is to reach over 85,000 students at 25 locations around the world. GE has been operating in the African market for over 123 years, with Johannesburg being the first overseas office outside of the United States. GE is rising to the challenge of building a world that works through its expertise and innovation in healthcare, aviation and energy, thereby contributing to key sectors of the South African economy.

Nyimpini Mabunda, CEO of GE South Africa, said: “Our growing global economy will require more engineers to solve society’s most pressing challenges – from sustainable flight to quality healthcare and clean energy. . Next Engineers allows us to expose students to the world of engineering from an early age through invaluable hands-on learning experiences. Next Engineers will not only provide a platform for young people in Johannesburg from different backgrounds to bring their unique perspectives to engineering, but also enable them to develop the skills needed to build a world of the future that works. We recognize that to have a lasting impact, we must be deliberate in our efforts to support social change. “

Balan Moodley, CEO of PROTEC, comments: “We are delighted to be working alongside the GE Foundation and assuming the role of lead partner for its Next Engineers initiative in Johannesburg. It will transform the lives of so many people within the program, and of course, around the world, and we are thrilled to be a part of it. With such an initiative, we aim to help change the future of engineering.

Next Engineers is a program of the GE Foundation, an independent charitable organization funded by GE. The Johannesburg Next Engineers cohort will begin in January 2022 and will offer three inspiring age-specific programs to engage students in their path to engineering studies:

Discovery of Engineering: Students aged 13 to 14 in eighth grade will benefit from several short one-hour exploratory experiences and hands-on activities that put students in contact with real engineers to increase awareness of engineering in as a viable career. The sessions will be given by volunteers both in the classroom and in the community. Engineering Camp: Students aged 14-15 in ninth grade will develop an engineering identity through an immersive week-long camp experience during school holidays. Students will interact with experienced faculty and engineering staff, overcome design challenges by solving real-world problems, and interact directly with professional engineers and business leaders. Engineering Academy: Students aged 15-18 in Grades 10-12 will complete a three-year Continuing Education Preparation Program to guide and encourage them to pursue a career as an engineer. The Academy of Engineering will teach students to learn, think and act like engineers. This will provide 80 hours per year of extracurricular coaching, including longer challenges, a final year project, career coaching to expose students to different engineering pathways, and educational preparation workshops. Students admitted to an engineering apprenticeship or an engineering degree will also receive a financial contribution from the GE Foundation.

Next Engineers will begin accepting applications for the Engineering Academy in January 2022. Students, educators and the community can get updates and more information at

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