The Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) is one of several sector education and training authorities (SETAs) that will be recertified by the Government with various changes in 2011. The primary change will be that the CETA will incorporate the existing Electrical Contractors sub-sector form (which currently falls under ESETA, the energy SETA) which of course is a vital element of the construction industry.
Established in April 2000 as a result of legislation passed in 1998 in the form of the Skills Development Act, the CETA aims to influence training and skills development throughout the construction industry. More specifically, it aims to ensure that the requirements of the construction sector are met in terms of the way learners are trained and educated. Even though the CETA does not directly establish college courses, online courses and so on, their influence is – or should be –considerable.
The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) is the body that has defined the skills required by the construction industry. These are the skills that those wanting to join the construction workforce need to have. But it is up to the CETA to make certain that various skills projects and learnerships are initiated that will improve and develop the human resource capacity and skills base within South Africa. To this end, the CETA has been (and will remain) accredited as an Education and Training Quality Assurance (ETQA) by the SAQA.
What ETQA status means to the CETA is that it, as a body, is authorised to accredit training providers – who then become Accredited Training Providers. So when a learner is looking for college courses, be it a short course, a long course or a supplementary management course, they can choose a course that is accredited. This will give them far more certainty when it comes to seeking employment once they have passed the required examinations. Having a certificate from an accredited college will also make it easier to gain apprenticeships, internships and so on.
The philosophy laid down for this sector SETA to follow embodies rigorous standards and demands a very high quality of skills development and training. For this reason they are constantly striving to improve standards of education and training. In addition to accrediting colleges and other training bodies, the CETA has the authority to monitor the delivery of training by these education facilities, thus maintaining standards.
Even though the CETA itself does not provide or offer any form of education and training to the construction sector or any part of the sector, it has a major responsibility to ensure that the people who both work in the sector and who are aiming to work in the sector are able to access the relevant education and training. In addition there are many people who have acquired skills in various fields of construction, and therefore have the workplace experience, but they don’t have the necessary qualifications that are called for nowadays.
It is therefore up to the CETA to assist these people by encouraging them to participate in the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessment process. This will usually enable skilled but “unqualified” construction workers to compete for jobs and positions in the industry that demand a specific form of qualification. It will also generally enable them to get jobs and positions that command higher wages or salaries.
Head Office Midrand Business Park, 563 Old Pretoria Main Road, Unit 5, Midrand, 1685 011 265 5900
Gauteng, Tshwane South FET College. 150 Industrial Road Pretoria West, 0001
Polokwane Capricorn FET College, Corner Dorp and College Street, Admin Block, Polokwane Campus, 0699 015 297 1923
Mpumalanga Services SETA Offices. 37 Brown Street, 4th Floor MidCity Building, Nelspruit 1200 013 590 7111/2/3
Eastern Cape East Cape Midlands TVET College, Brickfields Campus, Brickfields Road, Uitenhage 6230 041 996 1869/64
Free State Motheo TVET Colleg, Corner Alwal and St George Street, Motheo Central Office, Bloemfontein
9300 051 406 9438
KwaZulu Natal SEDA Construction Incubator. 127 Johannes Nkosi Street, Durban 4001 031 309 2514
North West Taletso TVET College Luthuli Drive, Kgora Building, Mmabatho 2735 018 384 6213/6
Western Cape College of Cape Town TVET College, Kromboom Road, Crawford Camp, 7760 021 510 6831
Northern Cape Department of Public Works, 45 Schmidtsdrift Road Kimberley Northern Cape 8300 053 861 3650