CHIETA Heeds the Call for Centres of Specialisation by DHET

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  • November 29, 2019
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CHIETA Heeds the Call for Centres of Specialisation by DHET

The CHIETA has heard the call of SA government to develop Centres of Excellence that will support two trades allocated by DHET namely Riggers and Welders

The Centres of Specialisation Programme is a Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) initiative that is designed to meet two objectives simultaneously:

  • To address the demand for priority trades needed for the implementation of the government’s National Development Plan in general and its National Infrastructure Plan more specifically
  • To contribute towards the building of the capacity of its public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College system to deliver trade qualifications with employer partners.

The Programme aims to achieve the above objectives by focusing on the development of thirteen priority trades that have been identified as being in strong demand for the infrastructure programmes as well as other strategic programmes such as the War on Leaks Programme and the New Ocean Economy Programme, Phakisa. If government agrees to invest in nuclear energy, then many of the same trades will also be required for that investment.

The CHIETA is supporting the two trades allocated by DHET namely Riggers and Welders. These trades will be supported through Umfolozi, False Bay, Boland and East Cape Midlands TVET Colleges. The total number of apprenticeships will be 120 made up of 60 Welders and 60 Riggers as per performance indicator in programme 3 of the CHIETA APP.

The relevant discretionary grants have been approved, MOAs have been concluded and the recruitment of learners has been finalised with employers. Workplace approvals proved to be a challenge but fortunately, they have been concluded with the assistance of other SETAs’ endorsements. The CHIETA has been requested to assist the DHET to coordinate the two trades namely Riggers and Welders and will collaborate with the other SETA’s accordingly.

The Government of the Republic of India (GOI) and the Government of the Republic of South Africa (GOSA), being conscious of their friendly history and relations, are desirous of further expansion and the strengthening of bilateral co-operation in the area of development of the skills sector in South Africa. Noting the willingness of the GOSA to promote quality vocational education and training to meet with the training requirements of young people and the artisan skill requirements of the country. The CHIETA has met with the Deputy High Commissioner of India in pursuit of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Gandhi Mandela Centre of Specialisation to implement four (4) trades.   

The CHIETA has also supported the GANDHI MANDELA Centre of Specialisation with a further 20 apprenticeships through the Tshwane South TVET College:

  • Mechanical Fitter
  • Electrician (Industrial & Domestic)
  • Millwright
  • Boilermaker

To address some of the weaknesses with this project, the British Council has approved funding for a project called the A21 Digital Guideline Project. The objective of the project is to design, develop and publish digital online guidelines that will allow stakeholders to gain access to a quality apprenticeship system that will enable them to understand and enhance their roles and responsibilities. The CHIETA hosted the British Council and the relevant SETAs its offices to implement a detailed project planning process during the period May to November 2019.