Alan Strydom has been Programme Manager with the South African Oil and Gas Alliance (SAOGA) since 2009, where he is responsible for skills development in the Oil and Gas sector. SAGOA is an industry representative body.
Strydom is a life-long learner. His first qualification was in Civil Engineering. In addition to which he holds degrees in Psychology, Education and Business Administration from UNISA and the University of Stellenbosch Business School respectively. He completed a teaching qualification and is a trained Life Coach.
Prior to accepting the position with SAOGA, Strydom was director of the Centre for Open Learning at the University of Cape Town where he also served on the UCT Senior Staff Management Group and Higher Education Development Committee. He worked at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (previously Peninsula Technikon) for 17 years, where he was director of the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE), Senior Lecturer and lecturer respectively.
He has led a number of significant local and international skills projects such as: Project Director of an AUSAID funded Australian/South African Technology Education Project; vice Chair of Adult Education Standard Generating Body; established Learning Circles in prisons; and lead research on a Ford Foundation funded skills project.
Strydom is Chairperson of HOPE, and serves on a regional committee of MERSETA. He also serves on the Western Cape Premier’s Skills Working Group, and is an Access Trust trustee. He also serves on presidential project Operation Phakisa Working Group.