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Learner Grant Funding Opportunities for 2021-22

By Anesu T Ndoro, Business Developer at FDT Craft Training Centre

The FDT Craft Training Centre is a division of the Fatlosang Development Trust which is a BBBEE level 1 entity with shareholding in Fluor South Africa. The Training Centre has been in existence for over 30 years and is an established, nationally accredited, reputable training provider and decentralized trade test centre.

The Director General, Mr GF. Qonde of the Department of Higher Education and Training recently issued a statement highlighting the adjustment of learner grant amounts for 2021-22 in terms of the Generic National Artisan Workplace Data, learner grant funding and administration system policy. This was in response to the Covid 19 pandemic and the negative effect it has had on employer’s abilities to continue training of their staff.

You might be asking, how then does this adjustment of the artisan learner grant benefit me as an employer during these uncertain times? Well, this revised grant amount relieves you as an employer with the costs you would incur when providing apprenticeship training, thus enabling you as a company to continue training artisans. The artisan learner amount for the period of 2021-22 is R206 290.00 per new artisan apprentice enrolled.

Quoting the Director-General, Mr GF. Qonde,

 “It is trusted that this revision will assist employers to indenture more artisan learners and that SETAs and the NSF will work closely with the Department to fully meet the requirements of this policy.”

The FDT Craft Training Centre hereby wish to engage interested and eligible Employers to establish a partnership for the training of artisans under the apprenticeship grant funding program to make a significant contribution to the training of un-employed youths in the country, be it for individuals or groups of learners.

Our Administration department will offer relevant assistance to our corporate clients in the rolling out of the programmes, including recruitment of learners if required.

We offer apprenticeship programs in the following trade disciplines; Rigging, Boilermaking, Mechanical Fitting and Welding. The Institution holds accreditation with the national Quality Council for Trades & Occupations (QCTO) as a training provider and Decentralized Trade Test Centre as well as with the MERSETA and CHIETA for unit standard based national qualifications and short skills programs.  

Learnership and short Skills Programs are being offered for the various trades mentioned above including Pipe Fitting and Electrical.  Pre-employment competency verification assessments also forms part of the Institution’s scope of services to Companies and Labour Recruitment Agency’s.

As a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, unemployment numbers have shot up. By providing individuals with artisan training opportunities individuals are empowered to enter the formal employment market or to start their own businesses using their acquired vocational skills.  By fulfilling the requirements of this policy new structures within societies are created thus enriching them.

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