Skills Development

The Furniture Technology Centre, a Section 21 Company, was formed as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Furniture Technology Centre Trust. The skills development activities of the organisation fall under the umbrella of this company and play a significant role in ensuring that we meet our business objectives and annual performance indicators.

The Furniture Technology Centre is accredited by:

The Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FP & M SETA), who also recognizes us as an Institute of Sectoral and Occupational Excellence (ISOE)

Tibro Training Centre in Sweden(TTC)

Department of Education as a Private Further Education and Training (FET) Provider(DOE)

Department of Labour’s national and regional offices (DoL)

And have the following partnerships and associates:

University of Stellenbosch (US)

University of British Columbia (UBC)

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)

The Furniture Technology Centre’s skills development services are developed within the context of these Acts of Parliament. Our facilitators are highly qualified and experienced skills development specialists who are trained, assessed and mentored by Swedish industry experts.

Our learning programmes are based on the needs of our clients. Each customised programme is designed to incorporate and exceed the registered and industry recognised Unit Standards.

Our centres are fully equipped with machines that reflect the technology prevalent in each region. The number of learners per facilitator is limited to 10, to enhance the quality and content of our programmes.

Legal background

Skills development in South Africa is legislated by the Skills Development Act (Act 97 of 1998 as amended in 2003). The purposes of the act, as defined in the act are:

(a) to develop the skills of the South African workforce–

1. to improve the quality of life of workers, their prospects of work and labour mobility;

2. to improve productivity in the workplace and the competitiveness of employers;

3. to promote self-employment; and

4. to improve the delivery of social services;

(b) to increase the levels of investment in education and training in the labour market and to improve the return on that investment;

(c) to encourage employers–

1. to use the workplace as an active learning environment;

2. to provide employees with the opportunities to acquire new skills;

3. to provide opportunities for new entrants to the labour market to gain work experience; and

4. to employ persons who find it difficult to be employed;

(d) to encourage workers to participate in learnership and other training programmes;

(e) to improve the employment prospects of persons previously disadvantaged by unfair discrimination and to redress those disadvantages through training and education;

(f) to ensure the quality of education and training in and for the workplace;

(g) to assist–

1. work-seekers to find work;

2. retrenched workers to re-enter the labour market;

3. employers to find qualified employees; and

4. to provide and regulate employment services.

These objectives are further developed in the form of the National Qualifications Framework in the South African Qualification Framework (SAQA) Act No. 58 of 1995. The NQF Objectives are as follows:

To create an integrated national framework for learning achievements;

Facilitate access to, and mobility and progression within education, training and career paths;

Enhance the quality of education and training;

Accelerate the redress of past unfair discrimination in education, training and employment opportunities;

Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the nation at large.