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Education and Training

Need for vigorous debate about skills and unemployment

By: Seeraj Mohamed     17th September 2004 The discussion about the lack of skills in South Africa seems quite superficial to me. The government, business and the media all agree on the same story. 

546 000 jobs-a-year necessary to halve unemployment by 2014

By: Jill Stanford     10th September 2004 TO reach government’s target of halving unemployment by 2014, that is reducing the unemployment rate from 30% to 15%, 546 000 new jobs will have to be created each year. 

Free-zone-trading courses to be held in Cape Town

10th September 2004 The IV Annual World Free Zone Convention (WFZC), due to be held in Cape Town in late October, brings with it an opportunity for delegates to attend training courses. 

Learners involved in bridge-building competition

8th September 2004 The International Bridge Building Competition 2004, organised by the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), kicked off late last month at an event held at Student City in Berea. 

Western Cape builds its call-centre skills base

By: Jill Stanford     3rd September 2004 CALLING the Cape has set itself a target of delivering 5 000 new jobs in the call and contact centre industry by 2008. 

Call for realistic skills targets

By: Jill Stanford     3rd September 2004 WE have a challenge to set realistic national skills development objectives with achievable targets said Vusi Mabena, chairperson of Business Unity South Africa’s (Busa’s) sub-committee on education and training. 

Skills for Northern Cape roads upgrading

31st August 2004 The Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) has stepped in to fill a serious shortage of road maintenance workers in the Northern Cape with a skills development project linked to the government’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). 

Real-time simulator to boost power-system training

31st August 2004 Electricity utility Eskom and the Durban Institute of Technology launched the Real-Time Power Systems Studies Centre in Durban late last week. 

Furniture technology centres established

By: Jill Stanford     26th August 2004 The Durban Centre of the Furniture Technologies Centre Trust was opened earlier this year and another Furntech centre is under construction in White River in Mpumalanga. 

Bridging the classroom and virtual divide

By: Nicola Mawson     13th August 2004 Corporate training company Bridge People and Technology (Bridge-PT) has developed and introduced a new method of e-learning. 

Varsity tightens maintenance practices

12th August 2004 Johannesburg-based Rand Afrikaans University (Rau) is driving for reliable high quality information on all its assets, and reviewing its maintenance procedures in a bid to tighten record-keeping before the 2004 incorporation of the East Rand and Soweto Campuses of Vista University into Rau and... 

Construction training body focused on performance

12th August 2004 The construction industry Seta has emerged as one of the country’s best-performing sectoral education and training authorities (Setas) after channelling a record R86,5-million into a wide range of industry educational and training programmes in the last year. 

Containers evolve into portable training facilities

By: elizabeth rebelo     6th August 2004 The traditional role of shipping containers has evolved into something which can now make a significant contribution to social upliftment. 

Building an education and skills base will reap the highest returns

By: Seeraj Mohamed     6th August 2004 The great tragedy of our colonial and apartheid past is that there was deliberate policy and conscious effort by leaders of governments, business and white workers’ craft organisations and trade unions to ensure that the majority of black people would be unable to get decent education or... 

TMT group invests in rural school

4th August 2004 A state of the art multi-media centre in the rural high school, Isikhumbuzo, situated in Orange Farm was officially opened yesterday by the chairperson of Bytes Technology Group (BTG) and the Altron Group, Dr Bill Venter. 

Plumbing training handbook launched

By: elizabeth rebelo     23rd July 2004 The Construction Education & Training Authority (Ceta) and the Institute of Plumbing South Africa (Iopsa) have joined ranks in a new partnership initiative to facilitate the training of plumbers in line with the national strategy to develop skills in the building and construction industry. 

Department works on exit strategy for learnerships

20th July 2004 Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana says his department is working on a plan to help learners who complete learnerships to become entrepreneurs. 

Steel expert addresses local conference

16th July 2004 Steel contractors have a special contribution to make not only in marketing the construction industry in general, but also the structural steel industry and their own companies in particular. ?According to Spencer Erling, director of education at the South African Institute of Steel Construction... 

1 000 more join skills-development ranks

16th July 2004 A key component of a long-term strategy to speed-up the delivery of skilled tradesmen into the construction industry workplace, has been completed ahead of schedule by the National Skills Fund division of the Construction Education & Training Authority (Ceta). 

Seifsa’s training facility renamed, outsourced

13th July 2004 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) has announced the upgrading and outsourcing of its apprentice-training centre in Benoni on the East Rand to AstuteHR - a company that has extensive experience of managing engineering training centres. 

Competition aims to promote engineering as a career

13th July 2004 In August, senior learners from communities as diverse as Sandton, Johannesburg, and the rural farming area of Doringkop near KwaDukuza (Stanger) in KwaZulu-Natal, will come together in centres around the country to compete for a place in the national finals of a technology competition that could... 

Discounted Internet calls for SA schools

9th July 2004 South Africa’s fixed line operator Telkom, in partnership with the Department of Communications and the Department of Education, will bring information and communication technology to schools via the e-rate from February 2005. 

New structural steel design guide available

9th July 2004 The revision of SABS 0162 now referred to as SANS 10162, led CSIR Building and Construction Technology to publish a second edition of the guide, Design of Structural Steelwork to SANS 10162. 

Financial boost for construction skills push

6th July 2004 The Construction Education & Training Authority (Ceta) has budgeted to spend more than R50-million on skills development in implementing the government’s expanded public works programme (EPWP) to bring hundreds of thousands of jobless into the economic mainstream. 

Ceta urges faster skills development

2nd July 2004 The Construction Education & Training Authority (Ceta) has called on the architectural aluminium manufacturing industry to commit itself to stepping up skills development in the construction sector. 

DBSA training institute by next year

By: jenny furness     29th June 2004 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) expects its training institute, that will be used to train local government members throughout sub-Saharan Africa, to be set up by the middle of next year. 

Shop stewards receive IT training

29th June 2004 More than 100 shop stewards from the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) are undergoing basic computer training at Peninsula Technikon in Cape Town this week. 

Civil engineering bursaries to be allocated

21st June 2004 For five consecutive years, the Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (Imesa) has offered ten historically-disadvantaged individuals the opportunity of becoming qualified in the field of civil engineering. 

SA plumbing handbook released

By: jenny furness     21st June 2004 The first comprehensive and definitive reference work on plumbing in South Africa, the South African Plumber’s Handbook, has been published and was officially handed over to the CEO of the Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta), Themba Dlamini, on Friday. 

Explosives firm’s training centre to be completed in July

By: elizabeth rebelo     18th June 2004 In its ongoing drive to assist the mining, quarrying and construction industries in providing leading blasting solutions, African Explosives Limited (AEL) is opening a new, integrated training centre at its headquarters in Modderfontein, outside Johannesburg. 

1,6m students are to receive online training

By: elizabeth rebelo     18th June 2004 The broadband communications betwork company, Sentech, has announced its participation in the GautengOnline project, rolling out Internet access to schools in Gauteng in partnership with Gauteng Department of Education. 

Actuaries aim at a more representative profession

By: elizabeth rebelo     18th June 2004 According to the Actuarial Society of South Africa (Assa) there are 450 actuaries in the country, of who 42 are female and 18 are black. 

Consulting engineering school continues to develop business skills

By: elizabeth rebelo     18th June 2004 With skills shortages being one of South Africa’s most crucial priorities, training and development has emerged as a necessary requirement in every aspect of the country’s economy. 

College launche into Africa

By: elizabeth rebelo     18th June 2004 South Africa’s largest private education group, Damelin, is in the process of extending its educational and training services into the rest of Africa. 

Wireless broadband brings e-learning to Mamelodi schools

By: elizabeth rebelo     18th June 2004 The Ulwazi E-Learning partnership has successfully launched an e-learning?initiative run on Canopy, Motorola’s new broadband wireless-access technology. 

SA students to participate in tool-making programme

18th June 2004 Nine South African students will depart for India tomorrow, to participate in a one-year intensive training programme in tool design and manufacture, at the Indo-German Tool Room centre, in the Indian city of Aurangabad. 

Big e-education push is set begin this year

By: Jill Stanford     11th June 2004 THE New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) e-schools project is to be launched before year-end, said Deputy Minister of Communications Roy Padayachee at a press briefing at the end of May. 

Push on to meet 80 000 learnerships target

By: Jill Stanford     4th June 2004 EXTENSIVE work in human resources development and addressing critical skills shortages in the economy is to continue said newly-appointed Minister of Trade and Industry Mandisi Mpahlwa at an economic and employment cluster media briefing last week. 

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