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Aerospace Chamber

The Executive Officer of TETA’s Aerospace Chamber is Gaborone Lesito. Lesito, with his team based in Randburg, oversees the implementation of TETA’s mandate in Northern Cape.

About the Aerospace Subsector and TETA Contribution

More than 4 billion people and 150 tons of cargo travel by air globally every year. This is made possible by a dedicated workforce of over 9 million aviation professionals worldwide, including over 25 000 aviation professionals in South Africa.

Reportedly, about 63 million jobs are supported by the aviation industry globally. It is also predicted that by 2030 an estimate of 36 million new aviation related jobs would be created.

TETA’s role in the aerospace subsector is important in assisting the South African aviation workforce with the necessary education and training that will make them competitive in the global aviation environment.

It is the role of TETA’s Aerospace Chamber to:

  • Enhance the overall quality of education training development standards in the aerospace subsector in order to meet both national and international civil aviation requirements;
  • Increase the levels of investment in human resources in the aerospace subsector;
  • Ensure the provision of quality ETD delivery in line with the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) principles of relevance and credibility;
  • Promote access to equitable opportunities in the aerospace subsector;
  • Achieve cooperation and establish synergies with key partners to meet common goals.

Challenges

There are several fundamental challenges faced by TETA in facilitating skills development and training in the aerospace subsector.

  • The aerospace subsector has notable inequities linked to race, gender and disability;
  • Barriers in ATPL training which include high training costs;
  • Aviation curriculum not included in basic education;
  • Lengthy apprenticeship trade certification processes.

Strategic focus

To address the key aerospace challenges, the chamber aims to employ the following strategies:

  • Actively participate in the development of National Aviation Transformation Strategy;
  • Monitor the execution of skills development activities in the subsector;
  • Increase stakeholder participation and levy-paying companies;
  • Benchmarking best practices locally and internationally for aerospace subsector;
  • Encouraging the introduction of aviation qualifications into TVET curricula;
  • Providing quality support and aligning delivery mechanisms to the requirements of the subsector;
  • Fund pilot training focusing on hour building towards ATPL with 1500 hours.

Key Achievements

The Chamber continues to see significant year-on-year improvement in its performance and overall stakeholder participation. Among others, the highlights of our achievements are as follows:

  • Provided high level support and increased participation from large and medium sized levy-paying enterprises in skills development;
  • Supported rural interventions through various contracts within Northern Cape;
  • Adopted and supported five high schools in the Northern Cape;
  • Funded learners through learnerships, internships, workplace experience, apprenticeship and pilot training bursaries.

Employee/Labour representatives:

  • The industry employs approximately 25000 employees represented by SATAWU, AUSA, MWU-solidarity, SAEWA, UASA, and NUMSA.
  • Major associations/authorities operating in the subsector are AASA, AOA, CAASA, AMD, ATNS, ACSA and SA-CAA.
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