The recently released Quarterly Labour Force Survey by Statistics SA shows that 40.1% of people between the ages of 15-34 were not in employment, education or training in the fourth quarter of last year. The Master Builders Association Western Cape (MBAWC) says that in order for the construction industry to survive and thrive, it is vital to invest in the future workforce by way of upskilling and continued learning.
The recently released Career Junction Index showed a positive uptick in job opportunities as well as a notable increase in hiring activity in the construction and building sector. The industry currently contributes 8.3% to total employment numbers.
Training the artisans of the future
The MBAWC says that in the past year, more Centres of Specialisation have been established in the hope that many more young people will strive to become artisans of the future. The Department of Higher Education, through the Quality Council for Trades & Occupations (QCTOs), has also embarked on developing skills programmes. The MBAWC also has a Skills & Education Trust that runs free courses for those already involved in or wishing to enter the construction industry.
For more information, contact the Master Builders Association Western Cape via https://www.mbawc.org.za/.