Mapping of Report 191 and NC (V) Curricula against Priority Trades: Bricklayer, Carpenter and Foreman
The Construction Industry Partnership (CIP), launched by the NBI in 2006, grew out of the need to foster meaningful partnerships between TVET colleges and construction companies to improve the colleges’ responsiveness to the skills needs of industry. The CIP supported the process to understand the requirements for colleges to become centres of excellence in the field of education and training for the building and civil construction industry so that these colleges could become the preferred providers of a skilled workforce for industry.
The CIP comprises Aveng Grinaker-LTA, Basil Read, Group Five and Murray & Roberts, as well as the Master Builders Association, the South African Forum for Civil Engineering Contractors, and the Construction Industry Development Board (cidb). The Department of Higher Education and Training is the strategic partner of the CIP.
The CIP has embarked on a curriculum mapping exercise to map the curriculum of the TVET College Report 191 (NATED) and National Certificate (Vocational) Civil Engineering and Building Construction curriculum against existing Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) qualifications for the Bricklayer and Carpenter Trades and the Foreman Occupation.
The mapping exercise showed gaps in the NATED and NCV curricula when compared to the QCTO qualifications in areas relating to health, safety, quality and legislation; environment, energy efficiency and ethics and industry context.
Based on the findings of the mapping exercise the CIP, in partnership with Harambee, is currently piloting a structured placement programme where Harambee assesses NCV Level 4 graduates in Civil Engineering and Building Construction for attributes suitable to the construction industry. The successful candidates undergo a three-month integrated work-readiness programme offered jointly by Harambee and companies at their Skills Training Centre. The work-readiness programme addresses the gaps identified in the Curriculum Mapping exercise and construction related technical skills. On completion of the work-readiness programme, the candidates are placed in company construction sites for nine months of structured workplace-based learning where their experiences and learning are recorded in logbooks under the supervision of mentors. The first cohort of twenty eight candidates started the programme in February 2016.