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23, Sep 2018 -

KZN roofing company harnesses training to give back

KZN roofing company harnesses training to give back

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According to Andrew Gove, Director at GWR Roofing, “In a field as specialised as roofing, our staff are our most valuable asset and it is a priority for us to develop, train and create opportunities for them to not only improve their lives and enrich the communities from which they hail, but to keep improving  the quality of workmanship we offer our clients.”

A hand up, not a handout

“Sihle has since joined one of our teams in a junior capacity, where he will receive training, learn the ropes in a very hands-on way and earn his way up the ranks in our team,” comments Gove. “As part of this apprenticeship, theoretical content derived from Volume 1 and 2 of the ITC-SA’s Roof Erectors Handbook is taught, on-site training is conducted and the ITC-SA examinations must be successfully completed. The aim is to have Sihle running his own team on site, installing roofs and having them signed off by an ITC-SA Inspector,” he adds.

A boost for business, industry and the economy

“Mentorship serves as a dynamic community ‘payback’ that will foster goodwill as GWR Roofing releases reputable, skilled artisans and business owners back into the community. The expectation is that the employee will return to the business world and their community not only with an enhanced skill set, but with the mindset of paying it forward,” he adds.

While mentorship is not devoid of any challenges, like time, money, logistics and mentee commitment, the benefits of such programmes have far-reaching implications for the roofing industry as a whole.

“While there are many positives associated with private companies, like ours, engaging in mentorship programmes, a formalised apprenticeship programme, with proper engagement from the public sector, is what South Africa needs. There are so many people eager to work as roofers, but a very small minority with the necessary skills and training. On an economic level, a formalised programme could serve to regulate wages in the industry, boost job creation, create an optimal environment for more entrepreneurial activity and even secure sustainable funding for structured mentorships,” he says.

Gordon Gove, GWR Roofing Director, is a qualified training facilitator, assessor and moderator, having been closely involved with the preparation and presentation of South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) accredited financial training courses. It is the company’s aim to develop and access accreditation for the Vocational Certificate, ‘Carpentry and Roof Work’ as laid out by the National Department of Higher Education and Training Courses at NQF levels 2, 3 and 4.

Individuals who wish to apply for GWR Roofing’s mentorship programme should hold a Grade 12 certificate, have a good level of English and ideally have graduated from a specialised roofing carpentry course or similar. For more information, contact Andrew Gove on andrew@gwr-sa.co.za.  

Source: ITC

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