CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES EDUCATION AND TRAINING AUTHORITY

CHIETA awards and recognises member company trailblazers in the skills development space

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The focus of the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority has, over the past year, been on strengthening South Africa’s youth skills development system. This is to ensure that the right skills are developed for the needs of industry, the economy and the country, specifically with enhanced workplace experience – based training being supported by CHIETA. This has been a success story and it has resulted from CHIETA building strong partnerships with important role-players in industry for a range of training interventions. CHIETA over the last couple of years has also funded scarce skills related bursaries.

This was stated by Ayesha Itzkin, CHIETA CEO (Acting) at the CHIETA inaugural Recognition Awards Ceremony held on the 26 October 2016. The Awards recognised and celebrated excellence and commitment in skills development exhibited by CHIETA partners and its member companies. The Awards also highlighted the importance of collaboration in creating a skilled and competent work force. This award ceremony was the first of its kind and was held in order to honour member companies in the chemical industry, who had excelled in implementing CHIETA funded skills development projects. The main objectives of the awards was to recognise best practise in skills development, appreciate the co-operation of CHIETA stakeholders and companies and celebrate their adherence to good governance practice as required by CHIETA in line inter alia with the PFMA, and celebrate the  joint success, performance and commitment to making a difference in South Africa.

Around 200 people attended the CHIETA Recognition Awards Ceremony, at Maslow Hotel in Sandton.The ceremony gave particular focus to companies that had excelled in executing effective programs that empowered individuals from all walks of life with varying education levels, abilities and skills. The awards were given across 6 categories namely: Best Skills Development Partner, Recognition for Support of People with Disabilities, Best Partner for Work Integrated Learning, Best Innovation in Skills Development, CHIETA 2015/2016 Achiever Award and Special CEO Recognition Award to new CHIETA Member Companies. A total of 33 CHIETA companies were honoured at the event.

Each company received R150 000 worth of grants ring fenced (subject to a list of Terms and Conditions) for their “continuing learners” for the 2017/2018 skills year. This was coupled with a Trophy and a Recognition Certificate. These accolades and contributions will continue to support and encourage the excellent projects, many of which are co-funded projects, between industry and CHIETA in the chemical industry space.

Industry giants such as Sasol and Adcock Ingram were acknowledged alongside small companies like Tshegofentse Facilities and Engineering and medium sized companies like AMKA Products and AMKA Manufacturers among the 33 that were honored.  

Recipients such as the Media Works, Eastern Cape who coined best practice interventions in both skilling and placing people living with disabilities were recognized for the lives that their program were positively impacted on. Their program offers mathematics and communication skills to the disabled participants. Through the support of CHIETA funding, this program will in November enroll yet another 200 learners, 60 % of who are disabled, women and youth. 

The partnership between CHIETA, Unilever South Africa and Wits University has pioneered a model that meets both the financial and work experience needs of future engineers. This partnership supports learners during their academic program by placing them at a Unilever plant for a period of a year to gain workplace experience, and then returning to University. This program snatched up the award for Best Innovation in Skills Development. 

With a 100% employment and retention rate as well as contribution to graduating highly skilled and sought after learners, Elinem Construction CC’s trainer employer program earned the organisation the CHIETA Achiever Award. 

The CHIETA Board Chairperson, Ms Nolitha Fakude, spoke of the importance of the event and said: “We are gathered here this evening to celebrate and honour the achievement and commitment of 33 CHIETA companies in skills development. We recognise your efforts and encourage you to do more. And to all other stakeholders, not being recognised today, we also thank you for your participation and commitment, and in the same breath encourage you to do even more going forward. Together with you, we are the winning CHIETA team.” 

For full details of the criteria for these awards, go to the CHIETA website http://www.chieta.org.za

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