Community economic development programmes.
The skills development programmes on-site are an important focus point in terms of the socio-economic contribution that Calgro M3 makes.
Our policy is to employ at least 50% of the workforce required on a development, which includes local SMMEs, skilled and unskilled labour, from the local communities in which we operate. On-site community-chaired labour desks are set up at all integrated projects to assist in the appointment of the local workforce. They also provide an innovative means to ensure continual hands-on stakeholder engagement, community involvement and buy-in, and to monitor and enforce compliance. These labour desks also manage on-the-job training, coaching and mentoring to further empower individuals and support the development of our growing list of sub-contractors.
The comprehensive skills training programme focuses on Recognition of Prior Learning (“RPL”) identification and accredited vocational skills training. This empowers the trainees who have completed these courses to be part of a preferential procurement list from which the sub-contractors can source local labour.
The artisan skills training also develops a productive workforce by delivering practical on-the-job training that will effectively upskill and uplift the local labour from the identified developments. Calgro M3 is committed to the ongoing training and development of employees to ensure the broadening of its skills base.
The skills development programmes on our sites are an important focus point in terms of the socio-economic development that Calgro M3 makes:
The three tiers
- Specific artisan training for local labour (vocational skills) short skills, learnership and apprenticeship
Implementing training for specific skills for local labourers employed through project labour desks. All the training providers are CETA accredited trainers and training involves theory and practical, on-the-job training. The comprehensive skills training programme focuses on:
- RPL identification and accredited vocational skills training. This empowers the trainees who have completed these courses to be part of a preferential procurement list from which the sub-contractors can source local labour.
- After successful completion of the training courses, participants are given an accredited certificate. Attempts are also made to transfer these contract workers from contract to contract on the same site, eventually employing them on other projects for the Company.
- Calgro M3 is a host project for CETA-accredited training projects too, to the benefit of the local unemployed community.
- Skills development of local sub-contractors
The need to develop business skills of the sub-contractors involved on projects has also been identified. Sub-contractors are given the opportunity to attend Business Education and Life Skills Development training. The SMME training also contributes towards the overall enterprise development aspects in terms of BEE compliance. The Group’s formalised enterprise development programmes mentor small black-owned enterprises, helping them improve their performance across various spheres of business. This includes securing credit lines and discounts from suppliers, labour and employment relations, legal requirements as well as improving their technical skills across finance, human resources and construction. This was a result of up-scaling the programme to accommodate the development of more enterprises.
- In-service training
Various students from different industry-related degree or diploma courses, especially those requiring practical experience as part of their curriculum, are accommodated during the implementation of projects. We have found that these student trainees leave us after the six months with a much better understanding of the industry in which they will eventually be placed.
The benefits of these comprehensive skills training and development programmes result in:
- An increase in job creation.
- Sustainable SMMEs and the improvement of SMMEs accreditation (i.e. Construction Industry Development Board (“CIDB”) levels or other institutional rating scales).
- The socio-economic status of the development’s adjacent communities will be increasing through sustainable enterprise development initiatives.
- Sub-contractor development is beneficial to the economic growth within the Integrated Residential Developments.
- After working for Calgro M3, the sub-contractors can do work for third parties with these newly acquired skills.