Mandy Linossi, SAPMA Administrator, told the meeting that the Technical Qualification training intake numbers had shown an alarming drop last year and that the enrolment for 2016 was even worse. She added that the lack of interest in training within the industry was eroding the financial resources of SAPMA’s training arm, the SA Paint Industry Training Institute (SAPITI) which last year fortunately had benefited from advance grant payments from the Chemical Industry Education and Training Authority (CHIETA).
Reg Hoddinott, chairperson of the SAPMA Education and Training Committee, added: “Despite all the time, effort, and commitment that has gone into making SAPITI a recognised quality professional technical training provider, it is disheartening that the 2016 first semester registrations for the Surface Coatings Technology Course are the lowest since the course was first introduced in the 1980s. This is inexplicable given the serious shortage of skills. It would seem that only about 10% of SAPMA’s manufacturing and supplier members have registered any students for this semester,” he stated.
Pogiso Matlala, SAPMA Training and Development Manager, told the meeting that many member companies were paying skills levies but not capitalising on the benefits that come with paying such levies.
Pogiso urged SAPMA members to make the CHIETA their preferred sectoral training authority (SETA) as it would have added benefits such as getting SDF services from SAPMA, assistance with compiling meaningful data on WSP/ATR, as well as management of learning programmes.