For the concrete industry to remain sustainable there is an urgent need for engineers, specifiers, designers, producers and contractors to be competent, and responsible, The Concrete Institute’s managing director, Bryan Perrie, has cautioned.
Perrie says The Concrete Institute’s School of Concrete Technology – which offers courses aimed at all levels from labourers to engineers – provides the professional education and training required to achieve competence that, in turn, cultivates a mindset of responsibility.
“To emphasise the quality of the education provided, the Concrete Society of Southern Africa endorses all the courses presented by the School of Concrete Technology. The School is registered with the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) as a preferred training provider, while Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points are also available for selected courses,” he adds.
“The School provides expert education and training to ensure that all involved in the civil engineering and construction sectors, as well as the rest of the concrete industry, have the opportunity to achieve a better understanding of the properties and applications of concrete to best address the social, economic and environmental challenges for us and our children,” Perrie adds.
The extensive list of courses offered by the School ranges from basic concrete technology courses to more specialised subjects such as training for RMC truck drivers, laboratory testers, road designers and builders, concrete brick and block producers, and site personnel.
More advanced topics include the durability of concrete, analysis and design of structures, and the pinnacle of concrete training: Advanced Concrete Technology for which the SCT is still accepting last-minute enrolments.
For more information and a copy of the School’s 2014 Training Programme, phone John Roxburgh or Gary Theodosiou on tel. 011 315 0300 or visit the website www.theconcreteinstitute.org.za.