The Indaba which focussed on “Skills for a Changing World”, took place this week on Tuesday in Johannesburg. Dr Anthony Gewer, NBI’s Social Sustainability Programme Manager presented at this session on “Building Pathways: Attracting Industry Support: Building Alternative Pathways to Artisanal Trades”. Download a copy of his presentation here.
The National Business Initiative (NBI), Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, Institute of Plumbing South Africa and GIZ this week held an information session with plumbing employers who will be hosting Installation Repair and Maintenance (IRM) plumbing candidates for their 6-month workplace-based learning component of the programme. Discussions focused mainly on the role of in-company mentors, and the support companies would be getting from the programme. Employers highlighted the importance of candidates having the right attitude and the significance of this as a central feature of work-readiness training. The evening concluded with employers reiterating their support and commitment to the programme, some even announcing that they would place more candidates than they had initially agreed to. For more information on the IRM Green Skills in TVETs Programme contact: Cecil Macheke.
Installation, Repair and Maintenance (IRM) Green Skills TVET College Intervention: First Cohort Starts Training at Ekurhuleni East TVET College
The IRM Green Skills TVET college intervention rolled out the first group of 40 candidates who embarked on an industry-recognised “Technical Plumbing Assistant” programme at Ekurhuleni East TVET College on 7th September 2019, comprising 12-week work-readiness and technical training in plumbing and solar water heater installation and maintenance. Further information.
Mmaphefo Thwala: NBI’s Project Manager: Water last week participated in a panel discussion at the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Women in Environment Dialogue, which took place 28 to 29 August 2019 in Gauteng. During the discussion on “Elevating the role of women in the climate change response – ensuring social inclusion in the transition to a lower carbon and climate resilient society”, Mmaphefo highlighted that applying a gender lens to climate change is necessary because women are at the forefront of the climate change crisis…hence climate change action needs to be gender responsive. View her presentation here.
|The Jobs Summit lays the basis for more responsive and effective collaboration between social partners to deliver on the promise of a better economy for all South Africans, by ensuring that commitments are clear and precise, that they strengthen existing initiatives and develop new ones. Technical Assistance and Mentorship Development (TAMDEV) is an intervention whereby experienced individuals assist in the improvement of service delivery by participating in the execution and support of potential solutions with the aim to strengthen the capacity. TAMDEV is operating from within the National Business Initiative (NBI) and has recently appointed Ruth Troskie as the Programme Manager. The Initiative is supported by ASISA, Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), the National Mentorship Movement (NMM), Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), iLimaLethu Trust, the National Business Initiative (NBI) and the Banking Association of South Africa (BASA). To get involved, please contact: RuthT@nbi.org.za|
|The National Business Initiative (NBI) and its partners have initiated a programme to develop learning and employment pathways for Technical Plumbing Assistants, targeting unemployed and underqualified youth and offering a pathway to becoming a qualified Plumber. The Initiative provides an opportunity for employers looking to tap into a high-potential technical skills talent pool of young people for its entry-level employment needs, enterprise / supplier development incubation and apprenticeship opportunities. Interested employers who are willing to host students for workplace learning should contact: Cecil Macheke or Shavilla Harpal. For more information, view the full programme here.|
|The NBI in partnership with the OTHER FOUNDATION, the LGBTI+ FORUM and PLUS hosted a Thought Leadership dialogue to discuss why inclusion is essential for organisations to meaningfully address in order to drive transformation and innovation, and to learn from experiences within workplaces. For a high level overview of the engagement and dialogue, kindly click here to view the recently launched video.|
Ekurhuleni East TVET College hosts demand Activation in Solar Water Heating and Plumbing with IOPSA Members
EThe National Business Initiative (NBI) in partnership with the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA), GIZ, Nedbank Foundation’s Eyethu Community Trust, Business Leadership South Africa’s Beyond Advocacy Fund and Ekurhuleni East TVET College (EEC) are implementing the Green Skills in TVET Colleges Intervention to unlock opportunities for effective TVET learning pathways in the Green Economy. Read here.
In 2016 the founding partners, the NBI, WWF, GIZ, Mondi and Tongaat Hulett came together with key public and private sector role-players to formalise the uMhlathuze Water Stewardship Partnership (UWASP). Currently the Goedertrouw Dam that supports most of the catchment’s water requirements is at 49% capacity and water restrictions have lessened, but are still in place. UWASP has established a committee of agriculture and government authorities to collaborate in catchment monitoring and to support decision making regarding dam releases. This support, combined with efforts to strengthen strategic water governance, enhanced metering and an online water balance platform will further boost water security in the region. The inclusion of many of UWASP’s priority interventions in the City of uMhlathuze and Mhlathuze Water strategies for climate change adaptation and action is an encouraging move towards further collaboration. Please contact Michelle Hiestermann should you wish to learn more about the UWASP.