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Ayesha Itzkin, CHIETA Acting CEO

There is great news for both students and employers in the chemical industry.

The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) has today, 25 January 2016, launched an initiative to match supply to demand of skills needed by the Chemical industry companies, through an online platform called The CHIETA Supply Side Database (SSD).

This web based platform can be used easily by learners looking for work integrated learning (WIL) opportunities and, in the future, also for employment opportunities. Learners can register and submit their details and qualifications information for possible placement with companies in the chemical Industry. Learners will have access to training and work experience, which will better position them for long-term employment, since it is experience that they job-seekers sorely lack.

The platform is also intended to benefit potential employers by providing a pool of students or qualified young people for recruitment purposes. The database is maintained by the CHIETA to ensure its currency, of students and/or graduates information.

Participation in this project is voluntary for employers and is at no cost to CHIETA levy paying companies, however, reporting back to CHIETA on shortlisted candidates and placement is compulsory if you are provided with access. This will allow CHIETA to track its impact in the area of WIL and placement.

An additional benefit to chemical industry companies is incentive grant funding for the provision of WIL and placement of learners recruited from the CHIETA SSD.

The launch of this platform is in line with the objectives and outcomes of the CHIETA’s 2nd  Partnerships Conference, held in November 2015, and is also in line with the National Skills Development Strategy 3   that describes skills development as the collective responsibility of the all affected stakeholders, namely government, community-based organisations, business, trade unions, cooperatives, public and private training providers, SETAs and NGOs, and not only of the SETAs.

During the conference, Ayesha Itzkin,  CHIETA Acting CEO highlighted the journey pre and post the NSDS 3 period and showed CHIETA’s impact  on young pre employed youth and on workers in the industry, and therefore of the CHIETA as a SETA . She noted that CHIETA conducted intensive research to identify the real skills needs of industry in order to be in a better position to address the skills needs of its member companies, and she thanked member companies for their cooperation.

“Industry made it clear that it was important to meet high industry training standards to promote employment of trainees on learnerships or apprenticeships,” says Itzkin.

She added that the industry informed CHIETA that finding well qualified candidates for training has often proven challenging as there is no industry focused centralized database. The CHIETA SSD is specifically geared at addressing this need and offers a convenient and vetted space for employers to short-list candidates to develop and train.

Itzkin further  indicated that  from its inception 15 years ago as a SETA  CHIETA  has supported in excess of 100 000 learners with skills training, and that half the number was   attained in NSDS 3 from 2011 to 2015, also recognizing that the  first 5 years where in essence the starting-up phase of SETAs as newly established  structures.

This shows that despite the negative comments about all SETAs, the CHIETA has upped its game exponentially in the last 4 years as a result of tried and tested measures and through experience and dedication and a hardworking and committed team of staff members and a supportive Governing Board.

CHIETA is also proud of its accountable and responsible handling of skills levy funds, and has a track record of 14 consecutive years of unqualified audit outcomes from the Auditor-General of South Africa.

The CHIETA Supply Side Database will assist in continuing to grow CHIETA’s success in ensuring that the right skills and developed for job creation and economic development in South Africa.

 

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