MBA SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES-What does the MBA offer?
Skills Programs are designed for employees that are not able or do not have adequate qualifications to enter into an apprenticeship/learnership.
The training that is undertaken is for identified CORE SKILLS. These core skills assist the employee in the work that they are doing eg. construction carpentry is basic carpentry, shuttering etc. The skills program does not include any fundamental skills. Skills program generally improve the quality of general workers who are currently doing similar types of work.
"It must be understood that the skills program should not be mistaken for a career path towards artisan level.
Waterproofing short courses should commence in August as the training provider has now secured the learning material
FOREMANS COURSE NQF4
In view of many of our building supervisors lacking knowledge and skills in supervision we offer a Foreman’s course which requires candidates to attend 1 or 2 days per month over a 12 month period. Unfortunately the Skills Fund requires our members to pay a subsidy per module for the Foreman’s course. In order to improve the shortage of skills in site supervision the Trust offers candidates who have passed Grade 12 the opportunity to obtain a certificate in Construction Supervision NQF4.
After each module the candidate will undergo a competency test and if found competent this module will be included in a Certificate of Competency. If the candidate chooses not write the competency test at the end of each module he will be issued a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the program .
A module could last one day. The maximum length of time would be two full days. It is anticipated that these modules will either be on a Wednesday or Thursday of each month.
Currently the modules that we are looking at are: (The modules are subject to change)
Labour Management which includes disciplinary processes and management of the BIBC Collective Agreement
Health & safety for supervisors
Read and Interpret drawngs
Basi Setting Out
Programming and activity
Managing and controlling sub contractors
Report writing and the emphasis on how to keep a proper work diary and record relevant information/activities
Understanding contract documentation
It is anticipated that these modules will either be on a Wednesday or Thursday of each month.
CERTIFICATE IN CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISION / CADET PROGRAM
During the initial three months of their first year, students are exposed to all of the facets of the building industry including carpentry, plumbing, plastering as well as Health and Safety. They are given practical experience through being employed at MBAWC member companies for the next nine months.
Over the following three years, they undergo two months of theoretical training at a technical institution and are employed by different member companies each year. At the end of the fourth year, if they have completed all of their modules and projects, they receive their certificate and can become Construction Foremen or further their studies in order to progress up the career ladder. Throughout the four years, the students receive a monthly stipend.
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