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The Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) was established in 2000 with the primary objective of improving the skills of the South African construction industry workforce. In order to develop the training and skills in the construction industry, CETA initiated a plan of skills development projects and learnerships. This will create a pool of skilled and motivated construction workers whose skills meet and are recognised by the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

In addition to this, CETA ensures that people who have acquired skills but do not have the required qualifications, participate in the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessment process.

Learnerships are training programmes that combine theory with relevant on–the-job training. There is no learnership if there is no on-the-job training. Through a learnership, people learn all aspects of their chosen occupation by practicing under the guidance of an experienced and qualified person. (http://www.ceta.org.za) A person who successfully completes a learnership will have a qualification that signifies occupational competence and is recognised throughout the country.

In order to qualify for a learnership, students must be assessed according to standards agreed on by the various stakeholders.

CETA makes contributions to registered learnerships. In addition to learnerships, CETA funds different types of strategic initiatives. These include projects such as:

• Leaderships (inclusive of RPL, ABET, Skills Programmes, Mentorship).
• SMME Development (Entrepreneur Skills)
• Scarce Skills
• Research & Development
• Bursary

For more information, visit the CETA website.

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