Our History

PROTEC (Programme for Technological Careers), was started in 1982 in Soweto, South Africa by the South African Institute of Civil Engineers in response to the country’s growing need for engineers in all fields. The early success of the project soon led to its expansion into a nationally respected STEM education programme.


PROTEC currently has 9 branches, 18 projects, 200 staff (permanent and temporary), 1730 enrolled students across 7 Provinces of South Africa. Over 30 000 high school learners have successfully participated in the PROTEC Programme achieving an annual pass rate that is consistently over 90% - double that of their peers.


Our Timeline

  • 1982
  • 1990
  • 1993
  • 1994
  • 1995
  • 1997
  • 2000
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2010
  • 2012
  • 2015
  • 2016

Established Soweto

Growth to 26 disadvantaged communities providing supplementary education for Grade 10, 11 and 12 scholars

PROTEC starts running its first computer literacy training programmes.

The Joint Education Trust assessed and approved PROTEC curriculum material

The initial phase of the National Materials Development Project was completed. Distribution and testing commenced resulting in all branches using high quality, standardized materials in Maths, Science, English and Technical Drawing.

International evaluations were conducted on PROTEC by the University of Missouri; Edith Cowan University in Perth; and Goldsmiths College at the University of London. These verified the success achieved by PROTEC in improving both the technological literacy and attitude towards careers in Science and Technology of the participating students

PROTEC is a member of the National Science and Technology Forum and serves on its education unit

PROTEC was invited by the Minister of Education to serve on a technical committee to design the outcomes and guidelines for the new school curriculum.

PROTEC won the National Science and Technology Award for their contribution to Science and Technology.

PROTEC's 20 year anniversary year saw a 22% increase in the number of schools serviced by PROTEC and an 88% increase in the number of educators trained.

PROTEC is accredited by the Education, Development and Training Practitioner SETA

A new girls-only science and technology programme (GET SET!) was launched successfully in Tembisa. PROTEC won a Gold Impumelelo Award for this Programme.

PROTEC learners won a national award in the Science Expo and represented South Africa in the international Science Expo in Moscow.

PROTEC completed a series of maths and science training modules commissioned by the Department of Education and the Swedish International Development Agency as part of a distance education series for teachers.

Mr Caskey Ndaba takes over the role of PROTEC Chairman.

Local evaluations by JET have shown the success of PROTEC teacher training and supplementary education projects

PROTEC ran 24 teacher training support projects.

PROTEC was awarded a multi-million Rand contract to support schools in selected urban renewal areas and was a member of a consortium that implemented the Department of Education's flagship Dinaledi a Project to upgrade selected Maths and Science focus schools.

At the 25 year milestone, PROTEC has assisted more than 28 000 learners and over 32 000 teachers through their programmes. Over two thirds of these students chose to further their careers in science, engineering or technology at tertiary institutions and are today making a positive impact on our economy.

PROTEC in partnership with the University of Limpopo, delivered an Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) for Technology for teachers. PROTEC developed the materials and the kits for the course, and presented the training courses.

PROTEC produced its first multi-media digital materials for Science and Maths. This included both CD-ROM and web-based resources.

PROTEC celebrates their 30 year anniversary and continued relevance and impact on the South African economy. 2012 also sees the launch of the PROTEC Alumni Programme to enhance and support the current PROTEC model.

Balan Moodley was appointed as PROTEC CEO. A new marketing and fundraising strategy has been implemented that augurs well for the future growth and sustainability of PROTEC

We welcome the following new project funders on board - Anglo Platinum, Danaher Trust, General Electric, Sabinet and Sasria.