Rand Water

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The project started well in 2010 with a number of learners having passed the assessments written in December. The goal was to get the learners through summative assessments (exams) two times in the year. This was achieved with learners writing in June and in October. The levels 4 started a bit late and not all started at the same time. The goal was achieved at this level because in a two year contract L4’s were put through external assessments three times, including the exam that was written in September. The average results have been between 80-85% in Numeracy, which is usually problematic for most learners.

The focus was on functional literacy for all. Everybody that joined the project was trained at the level where they were placed at the beginning of the project. Training was conducted only in fundamentals, which would lead to further training opportunities for those who succeed at L4 (NQF National Qualifications FrameworkL 1). Those who joined the project at BTL had to be given literacy skills to be able to progress until they to are able to participate in learnerships, eventually.

Rand Water employees that were interested to join the AET Adult Education and Training (ABET)group and who do not have Grade 12,The highest grade in which education is provided by a school as defined in the South African Schools Act, 1996 were the targeted beneficiaries. Those who could not read and write were also the project target. Not only were they to receive training in literacy but in numeracy as well, to be able to function well in the community and at work.

The partnership between the company management, facilitators, learners and ourselves (KITSO) made the project a success. Without the participation any of the mentioned partners, there would not have been a project to speak of or write about. The SETA A body responsible for the organisation of education and training programmes within a specific sectoralso played a very important role in ensuring the availability of funds.

The objectives that Kitso and Rand Water Training Manager set out to achieve, were realized. These were to have quite a number of learners passing at level 4. Before learners get registered Officially registered (recorded) in terms of the National Qualifications Frameworkfor L4, they had to move, or pass, the lower levels. We have seen this happening with the registration and the successful writing of the IEB exams. In a two year contract, we have had two IEB L4 exams written. The initial results were 85% in both Numeracy and Communication. We are waiting for the results of the 2nd exams that were written. This will lead to the 2nd Rand Water L4 graduation, as the first was held in January 2010.