Skills development and the Mining Charter

The Mining Charter obliges all mining companies to devote 5% of their annual payroll into skills development. It is further also compulsory for mining companies to submit social and labour plans (SLPs) to the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to report on their compliance with the Charter as a condition for the granting of mining rights.
Skills development solutions for the mining industry
Adult Education and Training (AET) previously known as Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET), continues to be the backbone of skills development solutions in the mining industry and to local communities.
Mining companies can offer AET to their own employees or can recruit unemployed people for training. Current employees who are provided with AET are referred to as 18 (1) learners. Unemployed people who are offered AET are known as 18 (2) learners.
Skills development for the unemployed mining community
The Broad Based Socio-Economic Empowerment (BBSEE) Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry was amended in 2010. It states that: “Mining companies must conduct an assessment to determine developmental needs in collaboration with mining communities and identify projects within the needs analysis for their contribution to community development in with integrated development plans (IDP), the cost of which should be proportionate to the size of the investment.”
According to the Charter ‘community’ means a coherent, social group of persons with interest of rights in an area of land which members have or exercise communally in terms of an agreement, custom or law.
Embarking on a community-based AET project is therefore the ideal solution for mining companies that will see them not only comply to the requirements of the BBBEE scorecard, but also that of the SLP.
Adult education and training as a skills development solution
All our AET programmes falls within the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for General Education and Training (GET) as set by the various skills development authorities that form part of the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) in South Africa.
Apart from Communication in English and Numeracy (mathematics) we also offer other core ABET modules that include Communication in Afrikaans, Natural Sciences, Economic Management Sciences, Life Orientation and Technology. Learners on an ABET level 1 module can be expected to complete the course reaching an outcome like that of Grade 3 in school with those completing an ABET level 4 module reaching NQF level 1 that is equal to Grade 9 in high school.
At Triple E Training our ABET modules are delivered face-to-face in a classroom and on-site at the client’s location or at a suitable location within the mining community. Classes for 18 (1) learners are scheduled to suit the client’s shift- and/or production requirements over our recommended six hours per week, in two- or three-hour sessions. Classes for 18 (2) learners are usually full-time on weekdays. One module usually takes 120 hours to complete.
For more information on AET and other skills development programmes offered by Triple E Training, call us on 010 597 7611 or send an email to info@eee.co.za . Our team has more than 20 years’ experience in the mining industry and will help you fulfil the requirements of the Mining Charter in terms of skills development.