Skills shortage headache for building trade.

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ONE OF the major concerns still facing the building industry is the shortage of skilled labour, says Nico Mass, newly appointed president of the Building Industries Federation South Africa (Bifsa).
ONE OF the major concerns still facing the building industry is the shortage of skilled labour, says Nico Mass, newly appointed president of the Building Industries Federation South Africa (Bifsa).
 
Speaking at Bifsa's 97th Annual Congress held at the Zimbali Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal, Maas said that 21/2 years after the institution of the Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas), and much input from Bifsa, the number of trainees that have flowed from the process to work in the industry is  'dismally low'.
 
However, in a  presentation prior to the Bifsa annual general meeting, Sam Morotoba, executive manager of Seta co-ordination in the Department of Labour, said that his department was eager to engage in constructive debate with Bifsa on this matter.
 
During discussions, delegates at the congress adopted a consequential motion: 'Bifsa notes with concern that neither the Skills Development Act and the Skills Development Levies Act, nor the regulations thereto, contain any provisions, and neither do they create any circumstances, according to which education and training in the building industry are facilitated and employers encouraged and motivated to commit themselves to training.'
 
With the aim of addressing this motion, Bifsa will structure a task team, which will appeal to government in conjunction with other industry groupings.
 
The task team will address the different parties on the necessity to structure legislation such that education and training at all levels are motivated and facilitated.
 
The team will also focus on gaining recognition for and approval of the implementation of building industry group training schemes.
 
'A meeting of all industry stakeholders has already been arranged in which the implications of this motion will be discussed,' said Maas.
 
'Bifsa will continue to communicate with all the relevant government departments and industry organisations and do everything in our power to open up lines of communication with those who have an influence in our industry,' he said.
 
l For further information on Bifsa contact 011 205 9000.

Publisher: Weekend Argus
Source: Weekend Argus

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