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South Africa has a shortfall of about 46,000 skilled artisans

The lack of skills in the building and construction industry is going to hinder development of these aggressive infrastructure projects. The lack of skills in the building and construction industry is going to hinder development of these aggressive infrastructure projects.

AN allocation of about R1tn has been for the Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIPs) in South Africa - which includes the building of roads, schools, universities, harbours, power stations and other key infrastructure.

The lack of skills in the building and construction industry, however, is going to hinder development of these aggressive infrastructure projects.  South Africa has experienced a shortage of about 46,000 artisans in the past three years, and the building and construction industry’s greatest is battle is the development and production of professionals that have the necessary technical skills.

Part of government’s solution to addressing these critical skills gaps has been to declare 2013 as the ‘Year of the Artisan.’ A programme that will communicate and promote artisanry as a career option for school leavers and graduates.

The Cape Construction Expo, hosted by Cape Business News, takes place at the CTICC, from 31 October – 2 November, 2013. The expo will not only feature over 35 hands on training C for industry professionals, an exhibition with over 100 different technologies on display, but will include programme specifically geared toward school leavers and graduates. The graduate programme will feature a number of initiatives to spotlight opportunities (academic, practical and technical) in the sector - from demos, training, competitions and a recruitment corner.

According to the Master Builders Association Western Cape, 50% of all the training done for the building industry nationwide takes place in the Western Cape and many of the successful businessmen and women in the construction arena started in the hard skills sector. 

According to Stefanie Pillay, project manager for the Cape Construction Expo, ‘The event is a timely endeavour designed by industry to provide both businesses and governments the opportunity to work together and plug the skills gap. The Cape Construction Expo aims to support the provinces’ tradition of producing skilled people and will create an awareness of the opportunities available in the Western Cape’s construction sector.’

The expo will attract over 1,500 construction professionals including property owners and developers, contractors (small, medium and large,) architects, engineers, investors, quantity surveyors and consultants. 

Cape Construction will also feature site visits to interesting construction projects and factory tours and over the duration of the show visitors will get the chance to preview new machinery, vehicles and products during live demonstrations hosted by Cape Construction Expo exhibitors

A full programme will be available from 1 September 2013 – additional information can be found at www.cape-construction.co.za.

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