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Reskilling through quality portable skills training helps create sustainable mining communities

MINES that use Tjeka Training Matters’ (TTM) innovative portable skills training solutions are able to quickly and efficiently equip communities located within their operational footprints with the basic skills that they need to secure employment or start their own businesses. They are also a very effective means of reskilling employees to minimise the impact of downscaling or closure of operations. Construction trades are also skills that mines can use in and around their operations by either redeploying trained staff or sourcing these proficiencies from surrounding communities and, thereby, creating further employment opportunities.

As a specialist in construction training, TTMs’ portable training solutions cover critical trades in the building industry, including bricklaying, plastering, painting and plumbing. This is in addition to skills that are required on general civil-engineering construction projects, such as brick paving and precast-concrete kerbs.

Learners receive instruction from skilled professionals who have a wealth of experience working as trades people in the building and civil-engineering construction industries that they are able to impart in these training programmes. To enhance the learning experience, the company has also partnered with manufacturers and suppliers of tools and materials. A case in point is its long-standing working relationship with Upat SA, which supplies well-known STABILA spirit levels, Milwaukee power tools and fischer fixings. These products are incorporated in their various portable skills training programmes.

“As a 100% South African owned business Upat SA acts as the local agents for various international mining and construction-orientated brands. As a team we are dedicated to introducing the next generation of trades people to the latest in tool technology and practices, with the objective to increase their productivity levels. As we celebrate our 40th anniversary supplying high quality products and knowledge to the industry, we are excited to work closely with Tjeka Training Matters towards upskilling trades people throughout the country,” Jaycee Venables, Marketing Manager of Upat SA, says

“We have always taken pride in providing relevant training that has been designed to have a maximum impact on mining communities and employees. Part of this approach entails exposing learners to tools and equipment, as well as materials that they are very likely to encounter on a real worksite because they facilitate accuracy, efficiency and productivity. Moreover, learners are taught right from the outset how to use the correct tools for the job.

This, combined with the right skills and experience that is accumulated over time, ensures quality workmanship, which is exactly what we stand for as a company and reflected in the construction training that we provide,” Frans Toua, Chief Executive Officer of TTM, says.


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