Sapoa drive to overcome skills shortage

Posted On Monday, 03 April 2006 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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Commercial property authority Sapoa plans to launch research and education programmes this year, to help the industry overcome serious skills shortages

Sapoa CEO Neil GopalAt a meeting in Port Elizabeth last week, Sapoa president T C Chetty said a survey of its 866 members found a need for market research as well as skills training programmes.

"As the industry is growing, so is the need for skills ? especially for property managers," Chetty said.

As part of its strategy to overcome the skills shortages, Sapoa will host property related workshops, while building ties with universities.

Chetty said the ultimate goal would be to develop a BCom property course for tertiary students.

Already Attfund, Gensec and RMB Properties have committed to sponsoring this.

Sapoa regional committee member Paola Horak said Sapoa would host its first beginners' workshop for people interested in property development on April 24 at the Bellbuoy offices in Greenacres.

"We will basically be skimming the top and helping people know what property development entails. Issues we will touch on include financial and legal requirements, traffic and environmental impact and identifying land.

"If the response is good, we will host follow-up workshops focusing on each issue in depth," Horak said.

The three-hour course will cost R250 per person.

Sapoa Port Elizabeth secretary Hilton Stevens said the branch had already had discussions with the NMMU Business School about launching a property related university course.

"This is still very early days and will be our long-term plan. We first need to get the support and interest from government for staff," Stevens said.

Horak said: "It is the basic property skills that are lacking at present. We will start at the bottom."


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