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ABET provides basic foundational skills such as reading and writing

Challenge: Lack of communication was severely impacting mining operations

My client, who operates in the mining industry, experienced challenges communicating with a group of eight employees at a site located in Matatiele in KwaZulu-Natal because the community in this small rural village does not speak any English. The lack of communication was severely impacting mining operations.

Solution: ABET Level 1 Basic – a special level to bridge illiterate learners into English Communication

Adult Based Education and Training (ABET/AET) aims to provide basic foundational skills such as reading, writing, understanding and listening (communication) thereby addressing literacy in the workplace which enables further development in an organisation.
One of the key learning areas offered by Triple E Training is Communication in English and this is the ABET programme I recommended to my client. Over the last two decades we developed a special level to bridge illiterate learners into English Communication and over 200,000 learners have to date successfully completed ABET Level 1 Basic. We offer this, and all other learning areas, from ABET Level 1 through to ABET Level 4.
A skilled facilitator, chosen from our network of over 400 facilitators, who is fluent in the vernacular language of the Matatiele community will be appointed to facilitate the ABET programme to this group of eight employees. The staff training will be taking place at my client’s operations in KwaZulu-Natal, making use of one of its own training venues.

Expert opinion: Skills development is one of the most important contributors to an organisation’s overall BEE Scorecard

Skills development is, and has been for the past two decades, a crucial element in building and sustaining economic growth for the country. It is a main focus point of many industries but in the mining sector there is a particularly strong focus on the training of low skilled staff.
Not only will ABET (or AET as it is also known by) help my client to comply to the Mining Charter’s Social and Labour Plans (SLP) but it will also contribute to the other programmes put in place by government such as the Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) and the Annual Training Plan (ATR), both important processes in an aim to implement Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE).
This means that the ABET will also contribute to the skills development element when my client goes through the annual BEE audit. Skills development is one of the most important contributors to an organisation’s overall BEE Scorecard. Not only will ABET contribute to a possible higher score on the BEE Scorecard but also result to an enhanced claim of 125% which means the actual value of spend is less than the value claimed on the BEE Scorecard.

Call to action: Triple E Training – Your partner in skills development

With Triple E Training as its partner my client in the mining industry will not only be able to solve its immediate challenge of communication in the workplace due to illiteracy but also contribute to its BEE strategy and overall BEE Scorecard result.

Summary

Based in the small rural village Matatiele in KwaZulu-Natal, my client in the mining sector, will be embarking on ABET for a group of eight learners in a bid to address the lack of communication due to illiteracy. Commencing the training on ABET Level 1 Basic in the learning area Communication in English the group of learners have embarked on a journey to develop new skills over the next couple of years until they are literate in both English and Mathematics.

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