• Registering Apprenticeships 
As from 01 June 2015 apprentices will be required to have at least Grade 12 (Certificate must be certified by Umalusi (Standard Generating  Body for Matric  ) and have passed Maths literacy with at least 30%.  All those that do not qualify will be required to do at least N2 at a FET College. 
  • Registering Skills programmes 
  • Registration of Trade Test Candidates
  • Assist companies with the formation of their Work Place Skills Plans (WSP's)
  • Assist companies with their Annual Training Reports (ATR's)
  • Training of employees currently in a supervisory role through the MBA Leadership Program
  • Short Courses such as scaffolding and setting out and various Workshops


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.



Members are advised that in order to boost your scorecard, it is suggested that your intake of Apprentices and Learners in the Building vocational  trades be registered as soon as possible. The Trust pays for this training provided members are psychometrically assessed, ideally should have Grade 12 however applicants that have above Grade 9 will be considered should their assessment be acceptable,and use our approved training providers.
THE SKILLS PROGRAM in the following disciplines will commence on:
7 May - 15 June 2017
Construction Carpenters
Ceilings & Partitions
Plastering & Tiling 
10 max Setting out phase 1 -We require all candidates to undergo  O level mathematics test.
10 max Setting out phase 2-We require all candidates to undergo  O level mathematics test



Waterproofing short courses should commence in August as the training provider has now secured the learning material



 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

Quality Control

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.






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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