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Eastcape Training Centre marks over 40 years of supporting local industry with the right skills

Feb 21, 2017
Eastcape Training Centre marks over 40 years of supporting local industry with the right skills

Eastcape Training Centre (ETC) celebrates over 40 years in the business of equipping thousands of individuals with a wide range of skills across various sectors this year.

Established in 1976, this dynamic landmark training institution with its Struandale campus boasts a proud history. As an acknowledged leader in skills development, ETC has proved to be a highly successful private training institution that provides an essential service to commerce, industry, government and local communities.

ETC’s training philosophy centres around providing theoretical and practical training, as well as experiential learning and a work-place culture.

Originally one of nine regional training centres, ETC is the only one of its kind in the country providing courses across six sectors: building and construction; mechanical engineering; electrical engineering; driver and operator training; and supervisory training.

ETC enjoys accreditation and programme approval with at least 10 Sector, Education and Training (SETAs), such as MerSETA, CHIETA, LGSeta, W&R Seta, TETA and Services SETA, and has primary accreditation with Ceta (Construction Education and Training Authority).

In addition, the Centre was one of the first training institutions in the country to be awarded the prestigious Investor in People award. As a private company, ETC is also a proud member of Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chambers (NMBBC).

The centre boasts extensive training facilities and lecture rooms. Its workshops are uniquely designed to augment theoretical and practical training. In addition, ETC has access to an established network of local companies, thus providing students the opportunity to gain relevant workplace experience.

ETC offers a unique mix of skills programmes, learnerships, apprenticeships and short courses tailor-made to the needs of the client. Over the years, the company has persevered with its mission to develop and enrich individuals and organisations through relevant and effective skills training.

The institution also caters for the individual and various corporate and government organisations who want to send their employees to be further skilled, up-skilled or multi-skilled.

ETC is also a private Further Education and Training (FET) College registered with the Department of Higher Eduction and Training (DHET).

As an FET College, and industry training centre, ETC offers an impressive range of qualifications across the various SETA’s. In liaison with the Association of Private Providers of Education and Training (APPETD), ETC joins a national network of leading education and training providers.

Accredited by the National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB) a CETA Trade Test Centre, ETC also now offers the Building and Construction sector Trade Testing in the following disciplines: Painter & Decorator, Bricklaying & Plastering, Plastering & Tiling, Carpentry as well as Plumbing.

Other services offered by the centre include: a modern trainability assessment Centre, training arterial sales and excellent conferencing and banqueting facilities at the well-known Conference Centre. 

The purpose-designed conference centre was opened in 1986 and has since gained an excellent reputation as one of the premium conference venues in the region. The main 500-seater auditorium is divisible into four units utilising the floor-to-ceiling soundproof sliding partitions 

Trainability assessment helps employers to identify the potential and capabilities of workers.  The benefits are quicker selection of employees; reduction in absenteeism and ease of instruction to new employees.  ETC has upgraded its Assessment Centre to portable computerised assessment equipment that allows onsite testing. 

Enrolments are accepted throughout the year and are based on demand.

Since 2013, the ETC has positioned itself strategically to lead the shift back to artisan training with its trademark “Make it with a trade” campaign. The strategy resonates well with the national “Decade of the Artisan” campaign and has been well received.

In these challenging economic times, the ETC offers individuals and organisations turnkey training and development solutions. ETC trains all!

To find out more, call 041 456 1616 or visit www.etc.org.za today.