The Chemical Industries Education & Training Authority (CHIETA) Excellence Awards celebrates distinction in skills development across the country. This year, two regional Media Works offices – Cape and KwaZulu-Natal – walked away with wins in two categories.

A statutory body established by the Skills Development Act in 1998, CHIETA facilitates skills development in the chemical industries sector in South Africa. The body ensures that skills needs are identified, and addressed, through initiatives in collaboration with SETA and the education sector.

Media Works has partnered with CHIETA for many years to implement and rollout training programmes across the country. In 2017 the Media Works Cape and Media Works KwaZulu-Natal teams delivered two dynamic programmes in their respective regions.

“The work CHIETA does is critical to developing and empowering South Africans, particularly people who live in rural communities. Training, which would otherwise not have been available, has been made accessible to people living far from city centres. Our society needs to work much more on being fully inclusive, and projects like these assist with inclusivity,” said Ramsay McCaull, GM of Media Works Cape.

This year, Media Works Cape is proud to have been the training provider for CHIETA’s strategic, flagship Adult Education and Training (AET) project for 200 unemployed learners, many of whom are learners with disabilities. These fundamental skills will assist learners both in the workplace and in their everyday lives. This project won first place in CHIETA Excellence Awards’ Best Community Project category.

Media Works Cape provided the training for the learners, and each participant completed one foundational learning area in both Communications and Maths Literacy. The project took place in rural areas throughout the Cape; there were 100 learners from the Eastern Cape, 40 learners from the Western Cape and 60 learners from the Northern Cape.

“The success of a community project doesn’t only lie in the training intervention, which has been made available to the community. Its success is directly proportional to how a community responds to the intervention. This award, is therefore received on behalf of the nine communities who embraced the opportunity and made the most of it,” McCaull continued.
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In KwaZulu-Natal, Media Works trained over 150 unemployed people from rural areas of the province; a third of the learners were people with disabilities. The Media Works KZN team taught foundational Adult Education and Training to the learners, assisting them to gain employment and to enjoy more independence in their everyday lives. The Media Works KZN team is proud to have been awarded Best AET Project at this year’s CHIETA Excellence Awards.

“Media Works KZN has, for the past several years, trained learners on behalf of CHIETA. The projects have always concluded on a successful note, where learners are inspired and excited to train further, and many people have been able to secure jobs. It has been incredibly rewarding to be a part of a project that helps to bridge the inequality and skills gap in South Africa. The CHIETA programmes change lives,” said Dion Reddy, Branch Manager of Media Works KZN.

 CHIETA’s mission is to contribute to sustainable development in SA, by providing world-class education and training for the chemicals industries sector. Media Works is proud to be one of CHIETA’s trusted training partners, and we look forward to continuing this synergy to improve people’s lives.

 “A double award is a first for Media Works, and to say I am proud, does not convey the immense delight that I feel for this accomplishment. The passion that our people have, makes the delivery of these programmes outstanding – truly worthy of recognition,” said Jackie Carroll, CEO of Media Works.  

 “The work that CHIETA does is so needed, and so appreciated. The fact that CHIETA has been so consistently committed to this often very marginalised sector is commendable and must be lauded,” Carroll concluded.