IFTA, the black-owned training institution, has announced plans to invest a further R4-million in its training facility situated near Port Shepstone, Kwa-Zulu Natal, to provide accommodation for 80 learners.
The facility was originally opened in early 2010, after NPC-CIMPOR signed a deal with IFTA to establish a training academy that will see up to 200 learners being trained each year.

Engineering learnerships/apprenticeships trained will include millwright, fitting and turning, welding, boiler making, diesel mechanic, earth moving equipment mechanic, tractor mechanic, and fork lift mechanic. There will also be an extension into driver operator training in future, says Sean Jones, a director of IFTA.

In terms of the expansion, Jones says the company is in the final stages of acquiring the land and will shortly commence with the construction of the accommodation facilities.
Students who are living too far to commute to and from the NPC-IFTA Technical Training Centre are currently being accommodated in bed and breakfast accommodation in the area.
Jones says the overall training facility currently has the capacity to train a total of 120 learners. But there are plans for future expansions “when demand requires it”.