The Benefits of Participating in Learning Programmes

For the learner:

 Provide easy access to learning and development;
 Increase employment opportunities;
 Assist with career path planning and personal development;
 Learn while you earn and acquire a formal qualification; and
 Learnerships fast track the development of current employees.

For the employer:

 An opportunity to skill and empower employees;
 Improvements in productivity and quality of work done;
 A vehicle for addressing Employment Equity requirements;
 Employers are able to identify skill gaps and identify training programmes accordingly which assist the organisation to perform effectively and efficiently; and
 Tax allowance rebates.

Where the SETA fits into in the education system:
The skills development world is a continuous learning cycle. The diagram below illustrates an individual’s learning potential in three different phases. This starts with a learner going through the traditional route of learning via the schooling system.

Post matric (Post School Education and Training), learners then enter the higher education and training system where SETAs become involved ending with entry into the workplace. The CETAs support continues into the workplace whereby we support the further development of employees to increase productivity as well as career development.

Career development options within the workplace

A career development path provides employees with an ongoing mechanism to enhance their skills and knowledge, which leads to mastering their jobs and added professional development. The ultimate result will be better production in the workplace. When creating a career development plan, the full life cycle of an employee needs to be taken into

Through research conducted within the construction sector, CETA has compiled the below list of priority occupations in line with employment profiles and planned training by construction companies, through the submission of their Workplace Skills Plans (WSP) and Annual Training
Reports (ATR).

SubsectorOccupationType of programmes
Building and ConstructionPlumber
Wall and Floor Tiler
Plant and Machine Operator
Skills Programmes
TVET graduate placement
Built EnvironmentCivil Engineering
Town Planning
Quantity Surveying
Landscape Architecture
Property Manager
Property Evaluator
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL)
Roads and Civil ConstructionCivil Engineering
Quantity Surveyor
Construction Manager
Construction Estimators
Contract Administrator
Construction Supervisor
Health and Safety Inspector
Shop Foreman / Storesperson
Construction Road worker
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL)
Skills Programmes
Materials ManufacturingCarpenter
Carpenter and Joiner
Brick Maker
Concrete Manufacturer
Skills Programmes

Creating an Opportunity for Yourself

Matriculants/Grade 12 – If you have passed grade 12 you can:
 Apply for a Learnership;
 Obtain permanent employment;
 Enter skills programmes;
 Obtain a full qualification; and
 Career growth.
Further education and training entrance;
 Enrol at a TVET college;
 Obtain a bursary from a construction company;
 Become an artisan;
 Permanent employment;
 Skills programme; and
 Career growth.
Higher education and training entrance;
 Enrol at a university;
 Obtain a bursary from a construction company;
 Enter the workplace through work integrated learning programmes such as internships;
 Permanent employment;
 Skills programmes; and
 Career growth.

If you have already completed a degree at university you can:
 Complete the candidacy requirements for being recognised by your professional council;
 Apply for an internship programme; and
 Go further and register for a post-graduate qualification.

Apart from graduate and post-graduate study options, other programmes such as learnerships, skills programmes, apprenticeships and internships also provide opportunities for furthering your career in the construction sector. These programmes are structured slightly differently and each serve a different purpose.

Note: It is best for a prospective learner to apply for University or TVET College acceptance in the middle of the year with your preliminary results. This allows you to have some knowledge of whether you qualify for the course you are interested in or still have some work to do in your final
exams. Most tertiary education institutions provide you with feedback early before your final exams.

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