• Jeremy Stewart nominated as Chairperson of SASPI
  • New website GONE LIVE
  • Launch of SAIFTI (Southern African Integrated Flooring Training Institute)

SAIFTI was established in 2016 as a private education and general flooring and sports training provider in terms of the current legal framework governing the CETA. This was fuelled by the recognition that the current skills development system in the flooring sector is not fully flexible and responsive to the workplace environment and the intent of SAIFTI is to construct a modular skills based system that is capable of creating a sustainable and integrated system of learning that has real impact on the need of the flooring sector.

SAIFTI is a privately owned national training company, who’s Managing Director is Mr Jeremy Stewart, Chairman of SASPI and owner of Seamless Flooring Systems. It is a dynamic; innovative & passionate organization that specializes in the provision of quality flooring human resource training & development solutions. The establishment of SAIFTI as a skills development institution under the ambit of the Construction Sector Education Training Authority; is to give effect to Chapter II of Section 29(1) of the Bill of Rights as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996) that stipulates that everyone has the right to education and that this education must be accessible to all.

It further also recognizes and gives effect to the Skills Development Act (Act No 97 of 1998) with specific reference to Section 2 applicable extracts[1] which stipulates as follows:

  • To improve the quality of life of learners, their prospects of work and labour mobility;
  • To improve productivity in the workplace and the competitiveness of employers;
  • To encourage employers to use the workplace as an active learning environment;
  • To encourage workers to participate in learnership and other training programmes;
  • To ensure the quality of education and training in and for the workplace;

SAIFTI further recognises that the flooring and sports flooring industry currently consists mostly of individuals/installers who are self-taught and do not have any recognised qualifications. Therefore through the establishment of a training institution SAIFTI seeks to recognize the competencies of floor installers in order to provide opportunities for recognition and career advancement. This is underpinned by the quest to ensure professionalization of the sector and through the provision of skills programs and qualifications the social and economic rationales include encouragement of redress, facilitation of access to credit, career advancement and further learning.

SAIFTI takes cognisance of the fact that the current system has limited provision for the recognition of competence and as such will also establish a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) centre that will address the need for applied numeric and communication competence.
Also central to this developmental agenda is an integrated strategy that seeks to create an inclusive environment for woman; the youth and emerging construction companies and this will further be advanced through the project management division of SFS.

This was fuelled by the recognition that the current skills development system in the flooring sector is not fully flexible and responsive to the workplace environment and the intent of SAIFTI is to construct a modular skills based system that is capable of creating a sustainable and integrated system of learning that has real impact on the need of the flooring sector.