The long wait for government accreditation for skills training in the coatings industry is finally over. The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) has decided that it will award accreditation to training provided by the SA Paint Industry Training Institute (SAPITI).
Making the announcement at the annual general meeting of the SA Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA) in Sandton, CHIETA’s quality assurance manager, Stuurman Aphane, said CHIETA had decided to grant accreditation to SAPITI for “a number of issues” and that processes were already underway to award work skills programme and discretionary grants to the Institute. “CHIETA will also ensure that we have the necessary staff to deal with this new accreditation,” Aphane pledged.
Deryck Spence, executive director of SAPMA, hailed the announcement as a major breakthrough for the coatings sector. “The many benefits include the fact that SAPMA members can now claim back on training levies and also access training that will add to their BEE points,” Spence told the meeting.
“Fortunately, the government has now at last empowered the coatings sector so that we can train workers to boost the national economy and create badly needed jobs,” Spence added.
SAPITI has – despite the lack of accreditation – trained over 7 000 employees in the coatings industry since 1987.
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