Investigating the causes of skills shortage in South Africa construction industry : a case of artisans
- Authors: Tshele, Lukhanyo , Agumba, Justus N.
- Date: 2014
- Subjects: Construction industry - South Africa , Artisans - South Africa
- Type: Article
- Identifier: uj:5009 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/13149
- Description: Purpose: The decline in artisans in the construction industry in South Africa has prompted the government to be reactive. The current artisan shortfall is at 46 000. This study explores the causes and the effects of artisan skills shortage in the South African construction industry. Furthermore, it explores possible solution to alleviate the skills shortage in the South African construction industry. Methodology: The research approach used was inductive, using a structured interview. A combination of purposive and snowball sampling techniques were used, to identify respondents who met the criteria for inclusion in the study and to reach the targeted sample. Finally a total of 17 respondents were interviewed. Each interview took approximately 35 minutes. The data was manually recorded in a notebook. The interviewees refused to be recorded because of the sensitivity of the questions. Content analysis was used to analyse the data. Findings: The causes of skills shortage were established to be: the closing down of artisan training schools, insufficient practical exposure, unattractiveness of being artisans and migration of skilled artisans among others. It was also found that artisan skills shortages had also impacted negatively in the industry in terms of the quality of work produced increased costs of projects, delays and a decline in productivity. Value: The severity of artisan skills shortages in South Africa construction industry, which according to the findings advocates for the reinstating of artisan training institutes. Practical implications: Skilled artisans are critical to the delivery of vision 2030 for infrastructure delivery; hence the continuous training of artisans should be safeguarded.
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Die inlywing en aanvanklike indiensopleiding van ambagsmanne as tegniese onderwysers
- Authors: De Kok, Leendert
- Date: 2014-07-28
- Subjects: Technical education - South Africa , Artisans - South Africa , Teachers - In-service training - South Africa , Teachers' assistants - Training of - South Africa
- Type: Thesis
- Identifier: uj:11884 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/11613
- Description: M.Ed. (Educational Management) , Since 1973 teaching authorities have been compelled to employ artisans due to the shortage of technically trained teachers. This precaution has not been satisfactory because the artisan who has no formal teachers training has now become part of the educational profession. Methods have to be found to provide in-service training for this category of teacher with the view of preparing him for his task as teacher. The headmaster, as manageri all eader, can in thi s case, make use of a tutor-teacher and subject-head. The tutor-teacher must be an experienced and successful teacher , seeing that he has to convey his knowledge and teaching experience to the artisan-teacher. The subject-head can also play an important and valuable role in the initial in-service training programme by conveying knowledge and expertise concerning teaching practice, to the artisan-teacher. In the designing of an initial in-service training programme, attention should be given to the practical side of the subject, so that the knowledge acquired can be implemented immediately. Later in the training programme more time can be allocated to the theoretical aspect. The aim of this programme should be to encourage the artisan-teacher to acquire formal teaching qualifications. The school's in-service training programme is only an endeavor to provide the artisan-teacher with sufficient knowledge to teach his subject. The school cannot, in the final instance, replace tertiary institutions in the training of teachers.
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