TAFELKOP – Over the years, Stevenl Training and Skills Centre in Tafelkop outside Groblersdal has continued to produce skilled and qualified workforce in the field of civil engineering construction.
Stevenl Training and Skills Centre serves as an artisan development academy for aspirant young civil engineers.
It was established by Jabulani Stephen Mdlhuli as a platform to train up and coming engineers in the field of bricklaying, plastering, tilling, plumbing, electrical, roofing and cabinet making. This with the aim to bridge the shortage of artisans in the country.
The centre’s first crop of graduates was sponsored by the Department of Rural Development and done in partnership with Sekhukhune TVET College’s CS Barlow Campus in Motetema outside Groblersdal.
Following the partnership, Mdhluli said he never looked back and continued to provide quality education and training for various companies and individuals who wanted to acquire skills needed to grow the country’s economy.
As a result of his great contribution in skills development, Mdhluli managed scoop two international awards, setting Stevenl Training and Skills Centre highest in the country to be recognized internationally.
Recently, Mdhuli was awarded an international award of Excellence and Quality in Frankfurt, Germany for outstanding achievements, perseverance and leadership in accordance with the QC100 criteria.
Most recently, he received another quality star award in London in the Gold category for International Bid Quality achievements.
Born in the dusty streets of rural Tafelkop, Mdhuli said he was excited that he had been able to raise the South African flag high twice in one year.
However, this leaving beacon of hope and a success story for civil engineers in the country said he was worried that it took other countries and not his own to recognize the contribution he was making in scares skills development.