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In March 2014, EBDA was recognised by the Department of Labour for its contribution to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) training programme. Piet Pistorius, EBDA manager explained that in 2011 the MQA asked EBDA for help training unemployed individuals registered with the UIF. EBDA undertook to train 120 learners in two intakes in engineering related trades.

The 70 members of the first intake were enrolled in learnerships in May 2011. In July and October 2011 a further 50 learners were enrolled. The training programme was structured the same way as all learnerships with approximately half the training taking place at EBDA and half at outside companies where the individuals received on-the-job exposure. EBDA was responsible for the assessment and recruitment of the learners as well as their final registration with the MQA.

Said Piet: “This programme provided EBDA its first learners from outside the greater Ekurhuleni area. Ten people were selected from the Barberton area and were hosted by our affiliates in Barberton. This meant those Barberton companies, mainly mines, were able to meet their DMR obligations and, as it happens, EBDA has also benefitted from this liaison. For example, two employees from Ergo who needed underground exposure to complete their engineering qualifications have been able to do this underground training in Barberton.”

Approximately 70% of the UIF learners have already completed their trade qualifications and the balance is expected to finish within the next three months. The MQA, as well as the UIF, has conducted at least two audits on EBDA to ensure that the quality and professionalism of the training is of the highest possible standard. “EBDA achieved commendations and letters of gratitude after both audits,” said Piet.

On 6 March 2014 EBDA, Tendani Malowa and Danie Havenga accepted the trophy on behalf of EBDA at a breakfast hosted by the Department of Labour. “The team at EBDA is very proud to have been recognised for its contribution to the UIF programme,” said Piet. “We feel we have made a positive contribution to these 120 people’s lives.”

EBDA is a leading training provider in the Ekurhuleni district of Gauteng, South Africa Visit