First public-private partnership in composites skills development


PHOTO: The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre is the first national renewable energy technology centre in South Africa, at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s (CPUT) Bellville campus

THE Composites Training Academy has signed an agreement with the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) and will use their state-of-the-art facility as a base for the Academy.

“We are extremely encouraged by this development as it is a first as far as a public-private partnership is concerned in the composites skills development arena,” says Oliver Dawson who heads up the Composites Training Academy (CTA).

The CTA is launching various Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Assessment programmes that will assist currently employed people in the industry who have years of experience, but no formal recognition for the skills and knowledge they have gained. The programmes, and support thereof, will be run on Saturdays to assist learners that are working full time.

Naim Rassool, Managing Director of SARETEC, says: “SARETEC is excited in partnering with the Composites Training Academy and welcomes the use of our advanced composites laboratory training facilities to the broader South African industry.”

“Another first for us is that the CTA will be delivering skills interventions in Lagos, Nigeria from August 2017,” says Dawson.

“The academy has delivered non-composite related services in Nigeria for the past six years and there is a growing demand for us to invest further and to support the development of their composites aspirations as well. The composites industry in Lagos is developing quickly and our clients want to learn more, are open to advice and are welcoming of new technology and opportunities.”

The CTA’s Shop Floor Management training programme, like the RPL project, will commence in the third quarter of 2017. The programme is aimed at First Line Management in composites environments, and the purpose is to assist department heads and supervisors to develop understanding and capacity in productivity, and how and why to control the quality, costs and scheduling objectives of the business.


About CTA

CTA is fully accredited with the Merseta (The Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA) and able to train nationally across various application sectors. Our focus at present is on supporting industry to stabilize and standardize operations and then ultimately to grow off a solid base. Understanding the technology gaps between the South African and International markets, and the need to “bridge these gaps”, CTA is actively engaging various international entities to gain international accreditation with in strategic growth sectors.



The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre is the first national renewable energy technology centre in South Africa, and is located at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s (CPUT) campus in Bellville. SARETEC expedites specialised industry-related and accredited training, short courses and workshops for the renewable energy industry.

The centre is funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) through the National Skills Fund (NSF). It receives substantial support from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through the South African-German energy programme (SAGEN), and is implemented by the GIZ, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and Green Cape.