Training and Development

The narrow unemployment rate in South Africa remains one of the highest in the world at around 25%.  This figure steadily increased over the period 1995-2005 from a reported 16, 5%.  From 2005, the rate has stabilised at around 25-26%.  This high unemployment rate poses a significant socio economic challenge for the Country.

Over the same period, primary and secondary education standards in South Africa have dropped significantly especially in the areas of maths and science.  These factors have combined to erode the skills base in the Country especially in the areas of engineering and skilled trade-workers.  In 2014, Government introduced a new catch phrase Back to the Basics to deal with many of the challenges facing the Country, which is now being widely used in both the public and private sectors.

There is insufficient training, mentoring and skills transfer in the current environment with a greater weighting towards the use of technology, however, with little knowledge of the basic principles and skills to understand and apply the technology. 

The Company is firmly convinced that the success of the Built Environment rests predominantly with the current crop of skilled professionals and contractors. The Nigerian proverb “It takes a whole village to raise a child” can be used in this context.  It is up to ALL of us to fix this problem.

As a concerned stakeholder, LA has identified these issues as a significant risk to the development of the Built Environment and the Company’s own sustainability.  The Company through its executive has tackled this issue through its long term strategic planning.

The Company is committed to;
  • Improving the skills base of its staff through continuous development in the form of;
    • further formal medium and long term studies
    • formal short term courses, seminars and workshops
    • self-development through research
    • internal training workshops presented by skilled staff
    • internal training workshops presented by industry suppliers and specialists
    • “on-the-job” training and mentoring through Registered Commitment and Undertaking (CU) in line with ECSA Guidelines
  • Improving the skills base of industry stakeholders and students by;
    • taking on students for vacation work and Grade 11 work experience
    • holding presentations at schools to expose the opportunities in the Built Environment to school leavers
    • giving presentations at tertiary institutions on various technical aspects of the Built Environment
    • giving presentations to public sector clients on various technical and project management processes related to the Built Environment
  • Improving the skills base of contractors through formal and informal training by;
    • undertaking training and mentoring appointments nationally to formally train and mentor emerging contractors through various client based training and mentoring initiatives
    • giving presentations to contractors on project management and various technical aspect in the Built Environment
    • providing financial and administrative support services to emerging contractors and other SMME businesses.

 

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