The FITA training curriculum for fitters has led to 151 trainees obtaining a CETA National Certificate in floorcoverings to date.

Speaking at the AGM of the Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA), chairperson of FITA, Tandy Coleman, stated that the organisation has substantially grown in membership and stature since its formation in 2013.

The FITA training curriculum for fitters is the only curriculum for flooring fitters in SA and has to date led to 151 trainees obtaining the CETA National Certificate: Installation of Floorcoverings, from Sparrow and Tjeka FET Colleges. Another 39 trainees are scheduled to qualify by July 2017.

“The need for qualified fitters will become essential in future as new government legislation will require a national register of artisans to provide assurance, for example, that registered, fully-trained flooring fitters will deliver quality work. For registration, flooring artisans will have to successfully complete CETA-accredited learnerships and short skills programmes, or qualify with Recognition of Prior Learning. FITA is the official industry facilitator for all these initiatives and represents all stakeholders in flooring, especially now when unity is essential,” said Tandy.

“Manufacturers of flooring products have pledged their commitment to staff training through a Memorandum of Understanding with FITA, and contractors now have a pool of skilled labour to draw from. Fitters benefit from career development and self-worth,” Tandy stated.

The launch of the new FITA website (www.fitasa.co.za) was announced at the AGM and FITA director, Allan De Wit, briefed the meeting on FITA’s new affiliation with the global training body, the International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI), which will provide access to CFI’s extensive educational programmes.

For more information, contact Patty Vermaak on patty@fitasa.co.za.