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									DBSA/Group Five Construction Skills Training Centre Opens in Midrand


In a public-private partnership aimed at addressing the skills shortage in the
construction industry, the Development Bank of Southern Africa and listed
construction giant Group Five, opened a Midrand training centre aimed at
skilling the workforce needed to satisfy the needs of the highly buoyant
construction sector. The objectives of this project are in line with government
policy around JIPSA, ASGISA and the 2014 goal to halve unemployment.

DBSA and Group Five, in a move to bridge the gap between the required
skills and the shortage, last year agreed to fund and establish construction
skills training centers in Midrand, Gauteng and Grabouw, Western Cape.
 Midrand was chosen because of the availability of land and its proximity to
areas with high unemployment like Tembisa, Alexandra and Diepsloot. The
land was provided by the Mia Family and is situated just off the Allandale off-
ramp on the Old Pretoria Road.

In the second stage of the initiative, it is the intention to establish a second
training centre in Grabouw which is ideally suited to establish the area as a
potential training hub for the Western Cape region. Paul Baloyi, CEO of the
DBSA, says that the local construction industry is engaging in some
significant projects that include 2010 stadia across the country, the Gautrain,
port and airport expansions and upgrades, and housing and service
infrastructure developments. “Combined with other heightened construction
growth and projects, we now have an enormous demand for capacity and
talent in the construction industry which is already facing a shortage of
artisans and skills. And to make the situation more acute, existing skills are
declining in quality due to inadequate training and skills development
facilities.”

Paul Le Sueur, Executive Director of Group Five, says the intention of the
partnership is to create centers of skills development that will provide the
feeder capacity for the construction industry. “The Construction SETA,
responsible for training in the construction industry, cannot on its own produce
the skills at the level and at the rate that the industry requires them. The
project is also an attempt by Group Five to pilot an alternative approach that
ensures that private sector takes the lead in skills development and transfer.”

The centers will provide a facility and services that will ensure that people can
be trained in skills which will ensure sustainable employment in the
construction industry. Training is offered for plastering, bricklaying, shutter
hands and concrete hands. There will also be personal development
initiatives such as the compilation of individual development plans.

Group Five has undertaken to employ or secure employment for all the
candidates that complete their training programmes. As part of the
programme, individual assessments will be conducted and these will ensure
that development plans are drafted for learners who show potential. They will
then be taken through additional training.
Issued by:
Andisa Yako
The Gate
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E-mail: andisa.yako@thegateworldwide.com

For further information, please contact

Development Bank of Southern Africa
Nonnie Letsholo
Manager: Corporate Communications & Marketing
Tel.: +2711 313 3800

Janet Brumme
011 806 0137
Group Five Academy

About Development Bank of Southern Africa
The Development Bank is a leading Development Finance Institution (DFI) in
Africa South of the Sahara, playing the roles of Financier, Advisor, Partner,
Implementer and Integrator. The Bank maximises its contribution to
sustainable development in the region by mobilising financial, knowledge and
human resources to support Government and other development role-players
in improving the quality of life of people in the region through funding
infrastructure projects; accelerating the sustainable reduction of poverty and
inequity; and promoting broad-based economic growth and regional economic
integration.


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