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1. Administration of the Workmen's Compensation Act & Regulations (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)


2. Reception & processing of Workmen’s Compensation Claims -----Injury On Duty Form------Medical Certificate Of Injury & Disability

 

3. Administering the functions of the Workmen’s Compensation Medical Board 

 

4.  INSPECTION ENFORCEMENT

 

5. Advising Government, Employers, Employees and the Public in general on all matters and issues incidental and coincidental to OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH 


The Directorate of Industrial and Vocational Training (DIVT) and its structures were established in 1987 through an act of Parliament enacted in 1982 (Industrial and Vocational Training Act of 1982). The Act provides for the establishment of a tripartite advisory board (Industrial and Vocational training Board),

  • Which governs the Directorate,
  • Advices the Minister on issues pertaining to vocational training,
  • Provides a link between Government, Industry and Training providers.

Under the board are Training Advisory Committees which provide expert advice on training.

Vision

To provide an integrated policy framework on Vocational and Industrial training systems to both formal and informal sectors in Swaziland. This is aimed at meeting the needs of the National Human Resource requirements for competitiveness recognizing technological innovativeness.

Values

In pursuit of its vision the unit is guided by the following meaningful and pragmatic values:

  • High quality
  • Professionalism
  • Competitiveness
  • Efficiency and effectiveness
  • Technological awareness
  • Training to standard and customer driven
  • Flexibility
  • Integrated system
  • Recognition of prior learning
  • Life-long learning.

Mission

Considerate to the vision and values, and cognizance of time frame, the Industrial and Vocational Training Board as a regulatory authority in collaboration with all stakeholders through its run structures, guided by its policy and regional development contribute to the social, economic and technological development in Swaziland.

To promote, enhance and monitor Industrial and Vocational Training and skills development (Apprenticeship scheme - formal training enforcing a combination of theory and on the job training through a contractually regulated training for a time interval of five years); as well as validation of skills proficiency levels for skilled labour force in the country (Trade testing scheme -competence based assessment mechanism to measure the proficiency levels of skilled labour force in Swaziland irrespective of a training route may be formal or none formal).

Functions/ responsibilities

  • Its primary mandate is strengthening skills development in Swaziland.
  • The Directorate currently operates two training schemes, the Trade Testing and Apprenticeship Schemes.
  • The trade testing was designed for on the job trained people with no formal training in the skills being learnt, and the apprenticeship training facilitates a balance on both formal and informal training through regulated training in time intervals for a period of five years.
  • Both schemes ensure that Swazis are adequately trained in predominantly all industrial occupations.
  • The department is also responsible for the certification of trade tested artisans and the completion of apprenticeship training.
  • To implement the Industrial and Vocational Training Act of 1982 and develop needed Training schemes, apprenticeship, trade testing regulations.
  • To co-ordinate all Industrial and Vocational Training activities in Swaziland.
  • To initiate skill upgrading and retraining programmes needed to meet the skills required of industry and to satisfy the certificate needs of industrial employees.
  • To encourage industry to play a greater role in industrial training and harmonise Government’s efforts with those of industry.
  • To administer, regulate and develop apprenticeship, and supervise the training of apprentices
  • To issue certificates of completion of apprenticeship training and skills competency certificates.
  • To develop trade standards for 3 separate levels (grade I, II and III) in all available trades.
  • To develop and draft training schemes for in-plant training of apprentices and trainees in all relevant trades and to integrate these with the programmes of the training institutions.
  • To identify and influence the alternative source of revenue (e.g. Training Levy Fund).

The Directorate currently operates two training schemes, namely; the Apprenticeship and Trade Testing Schemes.

Apprenticeship and Traineeship Training Schemes

This is a formal training scheme which enforces and facilitates a balance of formal (theory from Technical Training institutions) and non formal training (on the Job Training) through a contractually regulated training for a time interval of five years. The scheme is empowered by the IVT ACT, of 1982 to monitor industrial training through training inspections and training guides. The Directorate has to certify successful apprentices or trainees.

What are the Swaziland Apprenticeship and Traineeship Training Schemes?

They are schemes governed by the industrial and vocational Training Act of 1982. They are designed to promote Industrial Training in Swaziland by ensuring that all apprentices and trainees in the trades covered by the schemes receive adequate training. They are aimed at achieving the requirement of an adequate base of skilled man power in the country. These are intended to empower Swazis to be competent in various industrial occupations. They consist of formal training in a recognized field/occupation in an approved technical training institution and practical training on the job environment under supervision for a specific time frame.

What are the advantages of Apprenticeship Training?

No organized modern society can progress without skilled workers. Such skills do not just happen, it has to be learnt. This training method proves to employers in terms of time, labour, wastage of material, and damage to equipment.

Nowadays, materials, machines, and manpower are becoming more costly each year. Machines are more complex and special skills and knowledge is needed to use to advantage the many old and new materials used in industry. Apprenticeship and Traineeship Training are designed to provide these skills, abilities and knowledge. Everyone benefits from planned apprenticeship training – the employer by having artisans capable of understanding and carrying out complex tasks with a high degree of skill. The employee by acquiring skills necessary for advancement in trade of his/her choice.

How is the Scheme administered?

After the apprentice and trainee and his/her employer have agreed on engagement into an apprenticeship and traineeship scheme, a contract is signed between them, laying down their respective rights and obligations. It is then the job of the apprenticeship officer to ensure that terms of this contract are observed.

Which Trades are covered by the Schemes?

At present the following trades are covered:

  • Motor Mechanic                                 Heavy Plant Mechanic
  • Carpenter/joiner                                Instrument Mechanic
  • Auto Electrician                                  Panel Beater
  • Agricultural Mechanic                         Plumber
  • Pan Boiler                                           Turner/Machinist
  • Boiler Attendant                                 Welder/fabricator
  • Block layer/plasterer                           Auto Electrician
  • Electrician                                           Maintenance fitter

TRADE TESTING SCHEME

It is a competence based assessment mechanism to measure the proficiency levels of skilled manpower in the country, irrespective of training route, may be formal or none formal. The main objective behind the establishment of this scheme is to determine the ability, skill or competence of persons employed in different industries.

To date many Swazis hold trade test certificates in a wide range of occupational skills and some hold notable positions in industry.

The trade testing scheme is structured such that it has three levels (Grades) of competence namely:

Grade (I)                      - Highly skilled level
Grade Two (II)             - Skilled level
Grade Three (II)          - Semi-skilled level

Which Trade/ Occupations Are Covered By The Scheme?
At present the following trades are covered:
Carpenter/ Joiner                   Sheet Metal Worker
Wood Machinist                     Motor Vehicle Mechanic
Pipe Fitting                              Panel Beater
Block layer/ Plasterer              Spray Paint
Painter/ Glazier                      Welder Gas/ Electric
Electrical Wireman                 Construction Plant Mechanic
Fitting                                      Turner/ Machinist
Radio/TV Mechanic               Printing Trades
Upholstery                               Survey Assistant

How Is The Trade Test Moderated For Recognition?

In the interest of transparency and spirit of promoting participation of all stakeholders the trade test is structured to be conducted by a Trade Testing Panel (not one person) which consist of not less than three members, all of whom are qualified in the relevant trade or occupation and nominated to represent each of the following:
Technical Training Institutions
Government or Parastatal Sector
The Private Industry


The Trade Testing Panels set trade standards, formulate and conduct trade tests to determine the level of skills of workers in designated trades or occupations.

What Is a Trade Standard?
A trade standard means inventories of specific skills and related knowledge which artisans in the designated trades or occupations are expected to have mastered at different trade test grade levels.

How Do I Apply to Take a Trade Test?
Any person who wish to take a trade test shall apply in writing on the prescribed form available at this website or the Trade Testing Offices located next to Swaziland College of Technology Administration Block or by writing to:
The Director
Directorate of Industrial & Vocational Treaining
P.O. Box 1218
Mbabane

Tel:          24046122/4;        Fax:        24046123;            E-mail:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To be considered for a test, one needs to prove that he would have attained the age of eighteen years at the date appointed for the test, and:
(a)  in the case of an applicant for grade three test, that he has completed at
least three years employment in the trade or occupation in which he is to
be tested.
(b)   in the case of an applicant for a grade two test, that he has obtained a
grade three certificate in the trade in which he is to be tested and has also
completed a further eighteen months employment in the trade after the
date of obtaining a grade three trade test certificate
(c)     in the case of an applicant for a grade one test, that he has obtained a
grade two certificate in the trade in which he is to be tasted and has also
completed a further two and h


The Department is responsible for ensuring that there is an improved labour supply and absorption. The Department is also designated to serve special aspects of employment which includes training Swazi citizens to be employable and productive; assist in skills development; avail information on labour statistics, establish and maintain a human resource plan, as well as ensuring the protection of citizens with sound employment policies.

THE VISION OF THE DEPARTMENT

The vision of the Department is to promote an enabling environment for employment promotion and sustainable development.

THE STRUCTURE OF THE DEPARTMENT

The department has seven (7) Units, namely Human Resource Planning and Development; Employment Statistics; Scholarship; Industrial and Vocational Training; Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Services; Training and Localisation; Measurement.

1. Vocational Training and Rehabilitation

The main purpose of the Unit is to evaluate the abilities of persons with disabilities and their attitudes towards work and train them in suitable vocational trades.

2. Scholarship Unit

The main purpose of the Unit is to improve the skills base of the country by providing tertiary education scholarships to deserving students.

3. Human Resource Planning and Development

Mandate of the Unit is to coordinate the implementation of the National Human Resource Development Planning programme whose aim is to ensure that the Kingdom of Swaziland has an adequate and relevant skills and competencies for achieving its vision of economic and human development. The main task of the department is to develop a Human Resource Profile of Swaziland and National Human Resources Policy

4. Employment Statistics Unit

The mandate of the Unit is to collect, collate, process, analyse and disseminate all labour related information.

It is also provides formal sector employment statistics by industry and collection of average earnings by industry, sectors and occupational skills

It is also undertakes Labour force Surveys

5 Training and Localisation Unit

The mandate of the Unit is to ensure the maximum utilization of local manpower resources and to formulate training plans in conjunction with industries so as to maximize employment.

It also facilitate and provide information in the process of granting work permits and also empowers Swazi’s to acquire relevant skills to assume managerial positions.

6. Industrial and Vocational Training unit

The mandate of the unit is to strenghten skills development in Swaziland and it currently operates two training schemes, trade testing and aprrenticeship.

 

 


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