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Infrastructure Skills Development Grant (ISDG) Graduate Internship Programme
 
Rand Water as the largest water utility in Africa has clearly articulated its intent to play a role in skills and capacity development in the sector and thus embarked on a Graduate Internship Program in collaboration with Govan Mbeki Local Municipality, funded under the auspices of National Treasury to assist municipalities with capacity and infrastructure- related skills. The programme has run two projects to date; Water and Waste Water program with 136 graduates (since inception in 2012) and the Built Environment program with 80 graduates in 2017.
 
The programme’s mandate is to train and develop unemployed graduates initially from Gauteng and Mpumalanga and currently expanded to all provinces to generate a pipeline of skills for local Water Service Authorities. The Programme is geared towards professional development and registration of the candidates in the Water and Wastewater field as well as the Built Environment field.
 
Rural Development Graduate Internship Programme
 
The Rural Development Graduate Internship Programme is one of the platforms identified to capacitate young graduates with skills and equip individuals from the rural areas with workplace competencies, provide them with job opportunities and enable them to participate in the economic and social life of their respective areas.
 
Fundo de Investimento e Património de Abastecimento de Água (FIPAG) Academy in
Mozambique
 
This four year project is implemented in collaboration with a consortium of partners. The overall deliverable is to set up FIPAG Academy for Professional Development in Water and Sanitation. The role of the Rand Water Academy in this project is to provide support to the milestones related to the setting up FIPAG Academy; advising in the set-up of training facilities and training equipment; and also assist in the development of curricula for vocational training.
 
War on Leaks Programme (Implementing Agent)
 
The War on Leaks (WOL) programme is a presidential initiative that is aimed at addressing the water losses in South Africa. This programme was initiated on 28 April 2015 where Rand Water and the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA) were mandated as the programme implementing agent and training implementing agent respectively. The WOL programme mandate is to recruit, train, and develop 15 000 unemployed youth across various municipalities throughout the country and equip them with skills across three (3) disciplines namely: Plumbing, Artisans, and Water Agents. The artisan disciplines will comprise of Welders, Electrician, Plumbers, Instrumentation, and
Fitter & Turner discipline.
 
Its strategic objectives are to:
 
• Train & develop 15000 unemployed youth citizens, comprising of Water Agents, Artisans and Plumbers.
• Contribute to the improvement of water conservation at community level, in terms of the reduction of water losses.
• Embed a water conservation culture and advocacy across all municipalities, communities and households through stakeholder & communication campaigns.
 
Economic Transformation
 
Rand Water has an Economic Transformation Strategy that is focused on supporting and further develop small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME’s) within the procurement supply chain of the business.
The Academy assists primarily by providing skills development through the facilitation of training to the SMME’s. The process involves (1) the collection of data and identification of training needs, (2) the development of curriculums based on the needs, (3) conducting knowledge transfers to the selected enterprises, and (4) assessing, monitoring and evaluating progress. Focus is placed on the following categories:
 
• Infrastructure
• Chemicals
• Information Technology
• Professional Services
 
Randwest Local Municipality Project
 
The Randwest Local Municipality (previously called Westonaria Local municipality) project forms part of the National Treasury Infrastructure Skills development Grant. The Academy facilitated experiential training for 4 engineering graduates for the Westonaria Local Municipality over a 13 month period. Rand Water provided graduates with the necessary work place experience required to ensure their professional registration. The project ended in February 2017.
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