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CETA AGM celebrating what skills development should be

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The Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) Annual General Meeting on the 20th October 2017 was held at a very appropriate venue – the Emperors Palace advertised as “Palace of dreams”.  That indeed is what the celebration provided - a visual and emotional presentation of the dreams of young people, women, military veterans, and the disabled. Skills development as it should be – giving effect to what the South African Constitution and the Skills Development Act intended.

During the evening there were many references to re-shuffling. Although there were mixed reactions to the removal of Minister Nzimande from the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), there can be no argument that here was evidence of his legacy. The CETA Annual Report 2016/2017 reflects the Auditor General opinion of a clean audit, and provides a listing of objectives achieved and exceed.

The statistics of skills development in action nationally and in rural areas:

  • 12,434 learners enrolled on skills development programmes;
  • 10,353 learners certified on scarce and critical skill programmes (88 from the previous period);
  • Partnerships with 34 TVET colleges; and
  • support for 53 SMMEs with accreditation and start-up capital,
  • 1,223 Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) certification.

Anyone working in skills development will confirm how difficult it is to get all the way through to a successful completion, so these are completed Learnerships and Apprenticeships:

  • 422 employed learners, and
  • 2,503 unemployed learners.
  • 740 employed artisan learners, and
  • 174 unemployed artisan learners.

The 13 rural skills development centres supported are in areas not heard of every day by most South Africans, and apparently at least one of them is still reached via gravel roads:

Bethal, Vredendal, Muden, Ixopo, Springbok, Babanango, Bergville, Phongola, Venda, Eskhawini, Bredasdorp, Ingwavuma, De Aar.

The CETA accounting authority Board under Chairperson Raymond Cele, and the CETA team under CEO Sonja Pilusa have every reason to be extremely proud of their achievement, and for all the practitioners in skills development – it really is possible to make a contribution to the national economy, change the lives of citizens, and do it in an accountable way – with a squeaky clean audit.

Watch out for further reports on the construction sector award winners and photos of the celebration.

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