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The Seta for the chemical sector (Chieta) has launched its National Artisan Skills Competition to celebrate artisan skills and showcase the competency of artisans in the making.
Through the competition, Chieta also aims to promote technical careers and create awareness of the excellent prospects that artisans face not only in South Africa but also worldwide due to the shortage of technical skills.
According to Ruth Tsedu, Chieta project coordinator, the participants who come in the top three positions stand to win cash prizes sponsored by Chieta as well as other prizes such as toolboxes and equipment from other sponsors.
The winner will receive R20 000 cash plus a trophy and a gold medal; runner up takes R10 000 plus a silver medal and the third placed takes R5000 plus a bronze medal.
“More important than the cash, is the fact that participants can make a name for themselves,” Tsedu points out.
“They will get the type of exposure that can lead to wonderful job offers and the top three will have their medals to prove that they are the top of the artisan-in-training crop in South Africa.”
The competition is modelled on the World Skills Competition and consists of three distinct stages.
In the first round of the competition, participants complete a computer-based theory assessment at selected regional centres between October 29 and 31. Those who go through to the second round must complete a theoretical and practical project assessment at selected regional centres from February 18 to 22 next year.
In the third and final round, participants face a theory test, have to complete a practical project and undergo a panel assessment at a venue in Gauteng in May 2013.
The 2012/13, the competition focuses on three trade areas and is open to those who are training to become electricians, instrument mechanics and fitters.
Participation is open to all South African citizens from across all Setas and economic sectors.
The following entry requirements apply:
l Must be registered on a contract of apprenticeship or an engineering learnership or a National Certificate Vocational Course for any one of the above trades, or
l Must have completed at least one year in any of the prioritised trades listed above
l Must be in at least the second year of training (no first years allowed)
l Must still be in training
l Can be a person declared competent within 12 months prior to the competition closing date
l Must be 16 years or older
l If employed, must have proof of support from the employer to participate
To get more information and to enter go to the Chieta website at www.chieta.org.za and click on the Chieta Skills Competition link.
You can also phone the Chieta call centre 0860 244 382 for assistance. Entries close on Sunday September 9 and Tsedu points out that incomplete and late applications will not be considered.
Entry forms must be submitted to the Chieta regional office closest to your area of work or training using the following e-mail addresses:
KwaZulu-Natal: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Cape: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Gauteng: - firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Companies that are interested in offering prizes or sending participants, should contact Glory Nyathi at email@example.com.