Peddie cure for EC construction skills shortage

02 May 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201914460

Construction, Civil & Structural Engineering
Education & Training
SMME Development & Support
Peddie cure for EC construction skills shortage

SKILLS upliftment programmes from Bosch Ulwazi assist youth from disadvantaged communities around South Africa to further their education and find meaningful employment close to home.

The company’s latest programme in the Eastern Cape focuses on construction and is being offered to 200 unemployed young people in Peddie, 55km south-west of King William's Town.

This programme is a partnership between the Local Government SETA (LGSETA) as the funder, the local municipality as the employer and Bosch Ulwazi as the training provider.

“This 12-month learnership in construction, is a combination of classroom-based training, integrated with construction related simulations, which culminates in an NQF registered qualification. The work-based learning curriculum will prepare learners for work placements on construction sites within the local municipality of Ngqushwa,” said, Bosch Ulwazi Managing Director Balan Govender.

To date, 50 learners have completed the programme and are waiting for final moderation from the SETA. A total of 150 people are in the third month of the road construction and supervision programme.

“Our primary aim is to address the gap between the current education and training provided and the growing needs of the labour market. We believe education is central to skills upliftment in South Africa and we are proud to support the development of many deserving learners who are unable to further their education because of financial restraints,” Govender said.

To cut costs and simplify the logistics of running a training programme in the remote town, facilitators and mentors from Bosch Ulwazi have relocated to temporarily live among the community for the duration of the learnership programme.

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