Currently, all major projects
in South Africa
, such as the giant Medupi and Kusile coal
, use only imported welders, because of their high skill levels. When a new apprentice exits this programme, he or she will have the required skill level and be suitable for employment on infrastructure
, says Nell.
However, a crucial difference is the inclusiveness of the process, involving the associations, colleges, academic experts, the DHET and labour organisations to develop an effective and sustainable
artisanal skills development model for South Africa
, adds Van Huyssteen.
“Employers are positive about the programme and specifically the integrated training
of the dual system
. This linking of the training
provider and the employer is necessary to supply trained individuals for industry,” says the Institute of Plumbing South Africa
manager Nick Joubert
industry is an especially important industry, as it is directly linked to sanitation
and healthy drinking water
. Greater exposure to industry best practices, new technologies and skills used in the supply-side bulk water
and demand-side consumption portions of the industry will broaden the knowledge of the apprentices and deepen the impact of artisan training
across the industry, he says.