About ~ Ekurhuleni Artisans & Skills Training Centre
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About Ekurhuleni Artisans & Skills Training Centre

Ekurhuleni Artisans & Skills Training Centre realised in 2006 already that there is a huge gap in the education system and that is where we are already making a difference and will continue to do so in the future. Our programmes are developed to equip the person with essential skills in a workshop environment over a short period of time. On completion of the course the trainee will be competent in a specific field and will be able to start working immediately, either as an employee of a large corporation or even as an entrepreneur, and as a result also providing jobs to other less fortunate individuals.

Course content is tailor-made to suit:

  • Artisans already employed in the industry, and wanting to improve their skills,
  • Artisans readying themselves to do their trade test,
  • People that want to change careers,
  • School drop-outs that show an interest in and have the ability to work well with their hands,
  • College and University students who need to gain practical experience,
  • School leavers that want to specialise in one of these trades; who have just passed matric with no future plans in place yet. They now have the opportunity to evaluate all the trade options and choose the course and career prospects that appeals to them. A little entrepreneurial spirit combined with the right course will go a long way towards building a prosperous and successful private business.
  • Employees who have been sent by their respective employers to improve on their skills. Courses are tailor-made to suit specific requirements of the employer’s wide range of needs through practical training courses.

The overall benefits of our project are countless:

  • With an employable skill a person will be able to positively contribute to his/her community.
  • Reduce unemployment and relieve poverty and the problems associated with this.
  • Reduced crime.
  • Reduce the shortage in skilled labour.
  • Equipped with knowledge and practical experience to enter the labour force as qualified workers.

Our courses are affordable to place it within reach of lower income groups. Our ultimate goal is to restore the self esteem and self confidence of the unemployable or “school drop-outs” and provide them with the necessary skills to be financially independent and to provide for their families.

We equip the students with the essential skills in a workshop environment over a period of 15 days, or shorter, which means that the students will be competent to start work immediately after completing the course.

Our Students will be an asset to a company in the sense that they already have the necessary skills training to be productive from day one.

Contact EASTC to enquire about our courses for both individuals and companies. Our courses also offer B-BBEE benefits for companies.

On Campus Training

We only have 1 Campus and it is situated at 43B Maxwell Street, Kempton Park. This is where the bulk of our training takes place. All the courses we present are stipulated on our courses page.

The Campus hours are:
Full Time Student Study Times:
Mondays to Thursdays 08h00 – 16h00
Fridays from 08h00 – 13h00

Office Hours:
Mondays to Fridays 08h00 – 17h00
Saturdays from 08h00 – 13h00

Part Time Students Study Times:
Saturdays from 08h00 – 15h30 for 9 consecutive Saturdays.

Students must enrol one week in advance to ensure that courses are not fully booked for the date required.

On Site Training

This training is done on a Customer’s or another premises. The courses we offer as well as number of students per course are restricted. The Customer must supply all the necessary equipment and consumables required for the specific course. The capacity on all courses for the total of students that can be trained at a time is 30.

The subjects that can be trained are also restricted and is mainly welding and civil works that include Bricklaying, Painting, Carpentry, Tiling, Glazing, Roof Fixing and Plumbing. Electrical and Air-conditioning & Refrigeration courses are restricted. This type of training must be arranged well in advance of training dates with Admin Staff / Management.

Mobile Training

EASTC has a mobile unit that we use to do training in rural and remote areas that will be accessible for a small truck and trailer. It is also sometime used to train groups of youth in Townships through Skill for Life NPO Sponsorships.

The number of students that can be trained at a time are limited to a maximum of 10. The subjects that can be trained are also restricted and is mainly welding and civil works that include Bricklaying, Painting, Carpentry, Tiling, Glazing, Roof Fixing, Plumbing and Electrical. To arrange training with the Mobile Unit, please contact our office well in advance of training dates.

Trade Test

Boilermaking, Welding, Plumbing, Electrical, Sheet Metal Work, Bricklaying, Carpentry, Rigging, Refrigerating, Painting & Decorating, Fitting, Fitting including Machining and Instrumentation with Process Control.

How does trade testing work:

 

PROCEDURE TO OBTAIN A TRADE TEST CERTIFICATE

There are 2 options of doing your Trade Test.

OPTION 1 RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) – The Old Section 28.

You need to proof that you worked in the industry as a semi-skilled employee in your relevant trade for a period of 4 (four) years. After the 4 years you must request a letter from your employer(s) that confirm that you have worked in your trade with specification of the type of work that you did. With these letters you have to apply at Indlela (Olifantsfontein) for trade test dates.

OPTION 2 Apprentice or Internship – The Old Section 13.

This process takes ±2.5 years. The requirement for this is that you obtain your N2 or higher qualification in you trade plus ±2.5 years practical on the job training. Your employer must give you a letter confirming that you have worked in your trade with specification of the type of work that you did. With these letters you have to apply at Indlela (Olifantsfontein) for trade test dates.
With both options you will, if you pass the Trade Test, obtain a Section 26D qualification (Red Seal Certificate).

Accreditation

Acc 17/07/00004:
Community House Building Learnership
Building and Civil Construction Learnership
Member of APPETD – Association of Private Providers of Education Training and Development

We are a private, self enriched, short course, skilled development provider. Therefore by law we are exempt from accreditation by the Department of Higher Education as we do not provide full qualifications. We specialise in short employable skilled courses in the Artisans industry.

We as a private provider of Artisans Skills Development, focus on basic stepping stone courses over a period of 3 weeks after which the student will have an employable skill and will be known in the industry as a Semi – Skilled Artisan. The student is required to work 4 – 5 years depending on the trade, before he/she can apply at Indlela (Olifantsfontein), a division of Department of Higher Education, for recognition of prior learning (RPL) to be assessed for trade test dates. If the Department of Labour is satisfied with the candidate’s credentials and abilities, they will issue him/her with Trade Test dates.

The candidate will return to Ekurhuleni Artisans and Skills Training Centre to do a 3 week Trade Test Preparation course. After the preparation course the candidate will go to Indlela to do his/her 2 day’s trade test in his/her specific Artisan Trade field.

Only when the candidate passes or has successfully completed his/her Trade Test, (Indlela) the Department of Higher Education will issue him/her with his/her Trade Test Certificate (Red Seal).

The Trade Test Certificate is a National Certificate that is only issued by Department Of Higher Education. The final test will be done at the Department of Higher Education.

This means the accreditation is with the Department of Higher Education.

To confirm this you can visit Department of Higher Education website.

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