The Construction Education and Training Authority attended the 10th Pretoria Witwatersrand Vaal (PWV) Regional Conference for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

The conference sought to address challenges that affect workers on the ground such as retrenchments, life after the retrenchment strategies have been effected as well as other employee challenges in the construction workspace, with the view of finding workable solutions for both the employees and employers.

The sole reason for CETA’s attendance at the conference was to guide NUM shop stewards on the pivotal role they have in skills development especially in the CETA Work Skills Plan (WSP) process where levy paying companies claim from the CETA 20 percent of their paid levies upon submitting their work skills plan with evidence that the training within that respective company did indeed take place.

The WSP SUBMISSION period closes on 30 April each year, the union representatives appointed as signatories are crucial in the process as a pay-out to the company cannot be processed without the appointed representative’s signatory.

Ms. Thabang Nene urged the NUM training committee members to work together with employers to ensure that the process runs effectively and to assist in verifying that the training did indeed take place and that ordinary employees are benefitting from the skills development process.