South Africa urgently needs civil engineers, designers and contractors who are both competent and responsible to allow the concrete industry to remain sustainable, according to Bryan Perrie, managing director of the Concrete Institute.

He says the Concrete Institute’s School of Concrete Technology – which offers a wide range of courses for skills training at all levels from labourers to engineers – provides the professional education and skills training that is required to achieve and maintain competence.

“This course cultivates a mindset of responsibility in individuals,” says Perrie.

He points out that the Concrete Society of Southern Africa endorses all the courses that are presented by the School of Concrete Technology.

Moreover, the school itself is registered with the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) as the preferred training provider for its courses, specifically for continuing professional development that must be undertaken by professional engineers, technicians and technologists in order to maintain their professional status.

“These factors emphasises the quality of training and skills development that is provided at the school,” Perrie says. “The school offers expert education and training to ensure that all people who are involved in the civil engineering and construction sectors have a better understanding of the properties and applications of concrete and its ancillary fields,” he says.

“Armed with this understanding they are better able to address the social, economic and environmental challenges that we face in South Africa,” he says. “And this is not just for the immediate future, but for generations to come.”

The extensive number of courses offered by the school range from basic concrete technology all the way through to the more specialised subjects such as training ready-mixed concrete truck drivers on how to safely carry the material to site.

Perrie says the pinnacle of concrete training is covered in the advanced concrete technology course. Applications for the course which starts in January 2014 are still being accepted and last-minute enrolments will also be considered.

For information on the full range of courses offered by the School of Concrete Technology in 2014, contact either John Roxburgh or Gary Theodosiou on (011) 315 0300 or go directly to the website at

Concrete Institute
Tel: (011) 315 0300