23 January Building a buoyant automotive industry January 23, 2018 General A shortage of skilled individuals can lead to a slow-down in the economy, making training and education essential to becoming competitive in the global market. As one of South Africa’s largest distributors of maintenance-free batteries and automotive electrical components, Probe has an ongoing commitment to people development and to excellence in all our business operations. Our involvement in training puts into practice our ongoing dedication to supporting the long-term survival of the automotive industry. In addition to supplying batteries and components, Probe also offers comprehensive workshop facilities for electrical repairs, maintenance programmes, technical support and training. As such, our business relies heavily on the skills of qualified people and an investment in artisan training to support our technical and manufacturing departments. Probe’s entry level and junior employees also receive training according to their job function needs. We offer learnership programmes - a qualification obtained as a result of structured theoretical learning and workplace experience - to equip our employees with the right skills for the job. There are a number of benefits for learners taking part in a learnership programme. It allows them access to education and a formal qualification, should they successfully complete the programme. For those unemployed learners, the qualification can assist in serving as an entrance into the automotive industry. Additionally, learners are able to gain assistance in terms of self-development and developing a career path for themselves. Probe views learnerships as a win-win. They make it possible for us to acquire knowledgeable employees who may require less supervision and ultimately contribute to improved workplace productivity and quality outcomes. Learnerships also enable skills gaps in the workforce to be filled with this type of blended training. In terms of the greater industry, learnerships benefit the industry and the economy overall, by building a skilled, qualified and professional workforce. At Probe, we have a strong belief that you can never stop learning. With this in mind, we aim to give our employees the skills they need to become the best automotive experts out there. Related Articles New compressors from Probe keep mining industry safe and cool under pressure Mining is a tough environment, combining harsh physical conditions, long operational hours and cost pressures. Evolving compressed air technologies are increasingly playing a vital role in mining processes including exploration, extraction and treatment. Air compressors additionally provide a flexible and safe power source for powering drilling and piling machinery, pneumatic tools, material conveyors, and ventilation systems. 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Probe’s managing director, Frank Rovelli, says that a variety of reasons – from cost effectiveness to environmental sustainability, make remanufacturing a win-win for companies in the automotive sector and their customers. Get Under the Hood with Probe at Automechanika Automechanika, South Africa’s leading international trade fair for the automotive service industry, will kick off from 27-30 September at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in Nasrec. Probe, South Africa’s largest importer of premium, maintenance-free, fit and forget batteries and provider of ‘the complete power package’ in auto electrics, will be packing a powerful punch at this year’s fair. Probe taking the air compressor market by storm Air compression is a necessary aspect of every industry, from mining to medical to hospitality. Until now, the South African market has had limited access to premium, cost competitive and high-quality air compression units and associated products. That is fast changing as Probe, South Africa’s largest leading importer and distributor of premium batteries and auto electrical parts, launches top international air compressor brands into the local market. Probe is in the progress of consolidating its product diversification strategy by developing strong robust business silos in the different segments: automotive, mining and industrial. Probe Provides Flexible Solutions to Trucking Challenges Probe understands the robust requirements necessary for heavy-duty vehicles, and serves the heavy and light duty automotive, mining and construction equipment industries through a national dealer network with a comprehensive range of services. This includes the sales and distribution of world-class batteries, alternators, starters and associated spares as well as an expanding product range that includes engine cooling fans, viscous fan clutches and MasterLock systems. As South Africa's largest importer and distributor of premium automotive batteries for over 50 years, and a leader in rotating electrics, Probe understands the robust requirements necessary for heavy-duty vehicles.