Skills training and building renovation success for Raubex

Tjeka Training Matters continues to build on a long legacy of providing quality training to the Raubex Group, one of South Africa’s leading infrastructure-development companies and a significant road-construction specialist.

One of our more recent projects for this long-standing client entailed training candidates in the fields of bricklaying, painting, carpentry, plastering and renovation under the Department of Public Works’ Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).

Encouraging the use labour-intensive construction methods to maximise employment opportunities for unemployed people in marginalised communities on public-driven infrastructure projects, the skills training programme was connected to Raubex’s contract to upgrade Road 25-3 in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal.

Notably, this project exceeded the mandate of a conventional skills training programme by also including the management of the renovation of an unused dilapidated building together with the learners on behalf of this client.

Raubex client was extremely impressed with the workmanship of the novices who applied their new skills with confidence, as well as the efficient manner both the training and refurbishment components of the project were managed by Tjeka.

Notably, the building can now be used by the community for an array of social events, maximising the socio-economic impact of the road-construction project.

Tjeka was again chosen by Raubex to provide technical skills training based on its stellar reputation as a specialist training provider to the Southern African Development Community construction sector for 20 years. This is in addition to its Construction Education Training Authority (CETA) accreditation, as well as the wealth of experience of its team of trainers who have always delivered according to expectation on previous projects for Raubex.

Tjeka has nurtured a similar professional working relationship with other large contractors in the country since its inception in 2000. Among these clients is WBHO, Stefanutti Stocks and Basil Read.

On this project, Neville Carolissen supervised the carpentry, Derek Simpson the painting, Patrick Ntlati the bricklaying and Sicelo Franse the plastering aspects of the skills training programme.

A total of 12 carpenters, 11 bricklayers, 12 painters and 12 plasterers were trained on behalf of Raubex.