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Producing more qualified flooring installers

by Tania Wannenburg
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Training opportunities that offer staff instrumental knowledge to enhance their careers and add significant value to the company.

Fifteen more Johannesburg members of the Kevin Bates Albert Carpets Group (KBAC) installation staff have completed their Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA)-accredited Floorcovering Learnerships. This training has proved invaluable not only to the company, but to the flooring industry as a whole.

Sonja Pilusa, CEO of CETA, recently handed out the Learnership Certificates at a special function at the KBAC premises in Linbro Business Park.

A total of 25 of Kevin Bates Flooring & Carpeting’s 40 flooring installers in Johannesburg are now qualified. A further 10 installers at the Group’s Albert Carpets operations in Cape Town have commenced learnerships and the Group is planning to implement Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programmes for eligible installers at both Johannesburg and Cape Town’s operations.

Commencing in 2011, the KBAC Group aimed to improve the skills of staff and to ensure that the company had the necessary qualified workforce for the future. This initiative was in line with government’s call for employers to upskill their staff and create job opportunities. Mentorship formed part of this programme, and was provided by KBAC’s vastly experienced installers, some of whom have been working for KBAC for over 30 years and are among the most skilled flooring installers in South Africa.

Two in the first intake of KBAC learners, namely Eugene Ziyatonga and Martin Mncube, have since started their own contract businesses. In the case of former KBAC installer Nsizwa Simelane, the thirst for further knowledge was instilled in him to such an extent that he has left the company and is now studying Electrical Engineering.

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