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your career partner The Occupational Guild for Trades is your career partner on your path to mastership.

A trades as a career choice is under pressure. The occupational guild not only acts as watchdog over the profession, but also strives to promote the quality of tradespeople and the industry as a whole. Training is provided by the guild’s network of work.

Guild members are proud people who form part of a professional community where a network of work is established for the benefit of individuals as well as the occupation.

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S-leer is a proud Afrikaans training institution where you can obtain points for continuing professional development (CPD) as well as broaden your professional and personal knowledge through personal development programmes.

*Guild members qualify for 40% discount on all S-leer programmes.

For information on S-leer programmes relevant to trade development, click here ►.
Sol-Tech is an accredited, private occupational training college based on Christian values and with Afrikaans as the medium of instruction. Sol-Tech focuses on occupational training that includes specialised training in a trade profession that can lead to acquiring nationally recognised, useful qualifications.

For more information on Sol-Tech’s programmes relevant to trade development, click here ►.
Master Artisan: The occupation, the role and its importance

By Mia Slabbert Solidarity’s vocational training institution Sol-Tech boasts one of only a handful of Master Artisans still remaining in South Africa. Leon van Wyk has been involved in the training of apprentices since 1989 and was a training officer at Eskom’s training college for 16 years. “In 2007 I was appointed at Sol-Tech, which had only four staff members at that stage. It was my responsibility to establish Sol-Tech’s mechanical training, and it was an unbelievable challenge. I really enjoyed my passion for training and eventually I was responsible for the first group of mechanical apprentices who qualified through
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“Eskom: No thank you, we don’t need your help!”

In February this year, Solidarity presented Eskom with a list of experienced and skilled persons who can help the electricity giant to make a turnaround. This list was also presented to Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Public Enterprises. Unfortunately, not one of the 480 experts’ offers were accepted. This follow Gordhan recently complaining in parliament about the skills shortage at the electricity giant. The selected experts on the list include project managers, engineers, artisans, technicians, technologists and financial managers who all made their services available. However, Eskom denies receiving such a list. Solidarity believes that affirmative action is just as present
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Solidarity v NEASA, SAEFA and PCASA: Feedback regarding Labour Court case

A dispute about the extension of the MEIBC administrator’s term arose and was brought before the Labor Court. Employers’ organisations NEASA, SAEFA and PCASA are opposing Solidarity, which initiated the appointment of an Administrator to save the MEIBC from financial ruin, are opposing Solidarity insofar as an extension of the administrator’s term is concerned. The extension of the administrator’s term by another six to twelve months is crucial for the survival of the MEIBC, as the bargaining council is not yet in a solvent position, and many important aspects of the rehabilitation plan are still outstanding. Solidarity’s application enjoys the
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