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Industry Aligned Short Courses

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short courses in south africa

Credit Bearing - Modular Short Courses

The short courses offered by Thandeka Vocational Education Trust (Pty) Ltd are aligned to industry needs and can be designed to suit individual client site requirements. Our short courses in South Africa focus on critical skills in demand as well as specific technical skills areas.

Garment Costing

NQF LEVEL: 01

CREDITS: 04

Course Type: Credit Bearing Short Course

Duration: 1 Day

Target Audience

Geared toward individuals involved in costing the various components required in the manufacture of garments

Learning Assumed to be in Place:

Whilst access is open, it is It is assumed that learners have demonstrated Communication and Numeracy competency at ABET Level 3 (Grade 5)

Description:

This Short Course in Garment Costing will equip learners with the skills and knowledge required to identify component parts of a product and in so doing calculate the quantities and cost of various component parts as per customer requirements.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  1. Identify the components and materials required to make a garment.
  2. Calculate quantities of components and materials
  3. Cost the garment and calculate the selling price.
  4. Evaluate and or adjust the cost and/or selling price according to customer requirements and market demands.

Health, Safety and Environmental Practices

NQF LEVEL: 02

CREDITS: 12

Course Type: Credit Bearing Short Course

Duration: 3 Days

Target Audience

Geared toward individuals placed within a workplace environment 

Learning Assumed to be in Place:

Learners are required to demonstrate fundamental competencies, specified below, at ABET Level 4 or NQF 1 (Grade 9)

Learners must be able to:

  • Speak, read and write in English.
  • Do basic mathematical calculations including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and the calculation of areas, volumes and quantities.

Description:

This short course will equip learners with the skills, knowledge and values to participate effectively in workplace activities within the manufacturing environment. It will provide the learner with the necessary knowledge to understand and apply the necessary safety, health and environmental compliance requirements within the industry.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  1. Understanding safe work requirements in the workplace, within the context of COVID-19
  2. Inspecting machines and equipment for safety compliance.
  3. Understanding fire protection and prevention, fire-fighting practices and emergency procedures.
  4. Recording and reporting unsafe acts and conditions.

Time and Work Management

NQF LEVEL: 04

CREDITS: 05

Course Type: Credit Bearing Short Course

Duration: 2 Days

Target Audience

Geared toward Line Supervisors, Team Leaders, Set Leaders and or individuals in a Junior Management Position wanting to manage time and prioritise tasks in a workplace environment

Learning Assumed to be in Place:

Learners should be competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3 (Grade 11)

Description:

This Short Course in Time and Work Management will enable learners to manage time and prioritise tasks in a work environment. The Short Course will equip delegates with the skills to efficiently manage and prioritise time 

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  1. Creating, implementing and maintaining a personal and team task list and the importance of setting clear goals
  2. Using and maintaining a diary & identifying and minimising time wasting tasks
  3. Prioritising personal and team tasks
  4. Implementing and maintaining a task list.

Maintain and repair Chainstitch sewing machines

NQF LEVEL: 03

CREDITS: 12

Course Type: Credit Bearing Short Course

Duration: 3 Days

Target Audience

Modular based short course geared toward existing Sewing Machine Mechanics and or individuals involved in sewing machine repair and maintenance processes within a clothing manufacturing firm

Learning Assumed to be in Place:

Learners will have attained an ABET Level 4 qualification or equivalent qualification at NQF Level 2 (Grade 10) or must have had at least 1 years working experience within an industrial sewing environment.

Description:

This Short Course will equip learners with the skills and knowledge required to clean and lubricate strip, assemble and set/tune a chainstitch sewing machine. Learners are also able to conduct running maintenance and to diagnose the sewing machine and to utilise garment construction skills in testing the machine

The relevant sewing machine will be selected from:

  • Single needle chainstitch machines or
  • Multi-needle chainstitch machines or
  • Cover-seam machines

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  1. Describe the method of operation and practical application of chainstitch sewing machines.
  2. Diagnose and rectify faults in chainstitch sewing machines.
  3. Service the main stitching components of chainstitch sewing machines.
  4. Carry out service procedures on chainstitch machines.

Repair and maintain Lockstitch machines

NQF LEVEL: 03

CREDITS: 12

Course Type: Credit Bearing Short Course

Duration: 3 Days

Target Audience

Modular based short course geared toward existing Sewing Machine Mechanics and or individuals involved in sewing machine repair and maintenance processes within a clothing manufacturing firm

Learning Assumed to be in Place:

Learners will have attained an ABET Level 4 qualification or equivalent qualification at NQF Level 2 (Grade 10) or must have had at least 1 years working experience within an industrial sewing environment.

Description:

This Short Course will equip learners with the necessary skills, knowledge and values required to clean and lubricate, strip, assemble and set/tune a Lockstitch Sewing Machine. Learners are also able to conduct running maintenance and to diagnose a Lockstitch Sewing Machine and to utilise garment construction skills in testing the machine

The machine used will be selected from:

  • Single needle lockstitch machines or
  • Double needle lockstitch machines or
  • Zig zag lockstitch machines

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  1. Service the main stitch forming components of lockstitch sewing machines.
  2. Diagnose and rectify faults in lockstitch sewing machines.
  3. Perform service procedures on lockstitch sewing machines.

Maintain and repair Overlock sewing machines

NQF LEVEL: 03

CREDITS: 12

Course Type: Credit Bearing Short Course

Duration: 3 Days

Target Audience

Modular based short course geared toward existing Sewing Machine Mechanics and or individuals involved in sewing machine repair and maintenance processes within a clothing manufacturing firm

Learning Assumed to be in Place:

Learners will have attained an ABET Level 4 qualification or equivalent qualification at NQF Level 2 (Grade 10) or must have had at least 1 years working experience within an industrial sewing environment.

Description:

This Short Course will equip learners with the necessary skills, knowledge and values required to clean and lubricate strip, assemble and set/tune an Overlock Sewing Machine. Learners are also able to conduct running maintenance and to diagnose a Overlock Sewing Machine and to utilise garment construction skills in testing the machine

The machine used will be selected from:

  • 2, 3 or 4 thread overlockers or
  • Mock safety machines or
  • Safety stitch machines

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  1. Describe the method of operation and practical application of overlock sewing
    Machines
  2. Diagnose and rectify faults in overlock sewing machines.
  3. Service the main stitching components of overlock sewing machines.
  4. Carry out service procedures on overlock machines.

Identify Responsibilities of a Team Leader

NQF LEVEL: 04

CREDITS: 06

Course Type: Credit Bearing Short Course

Duration: 3 Days

Target Audience

Geared toward Line Supervisors, Team Leaders, Set Leaders and or individuals who are responsible for managing – leading a team of people

Learning Assumed to be in Place:

Learners should be competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3 (Grade 11)

Description:

This Short Course explores the role of the team leader in ensuring that the team meets organisational or required standards.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  1. Explain the role of a team leader with reference to their Job Description
  2. Explain the purpose of a team. The role and expected outputs of team members are identified relative to the team’s purpose
  3. Contract with a team to obtain commitment. Tasks, performance plans and targets are identified and discussed relative to organisational requirements
  4. Implement, monitor and evaluate performance against team objectives and organisational standards

Non-Credit Bearing Short Courses

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short courses in south africa

Workplace Readiness

Non-Credit Bearing Short Course

Duration:  Five Full Days

Target Audience:

  • Unemployed Youth 
  • Unemployed Learners entering the Learnership Programme 

Learning Assumed to be in Place:

Whilst access is open, learners must be able to:

  • Speak, read and write in English

Description:

This Workplace Readiness Short Course is geared toward equipping unemployed youth entering the world of work with a skills and knowledge set that focusses on personal growth and workplace understanding so as to enhance their employability. It is implemented as an introduction for unemployed learners embarking on a Learnership Programme.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  1. Introductory Module: Getting to Know Yourself
  2. Understanding positive work ethic
    Working effectively as a member of a team
  3. Demonstrate self-representation skills.
  4. Adhering to respectful workplace practices and following health and safety protocols
  5. Time management
  6. Diversity awareness
  7. Conflict resolution skills
  8. Understanding the workplace culture, organisational policies and procedures and organisational structure

Continuous Improvement Short Course Intervention

Course Type: Non-Credit Bearing Short Course

Duration: Eight Weeks 

Target Audience:

  • Production Operators – Line Supervisor – Team Leader – Production Manager
  • Quality Department Personnel – Quality Assurance – Quality Control Personnel

Learning Assumed to be in Place:

Whilst access is open, learners must be able to:

  • Speak, read and write in English
  • Do basic mathematic calculations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

Description:

This technical Short Course focuses on Continuous Improvement Practices and Processes within a Clothing Manufacturing firm. The course focuses on bringing effect to improvements in efficiencies in two critical areas within a manufacturing plant, namely the improvement in quality standards and production targets

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Work-study at Needle Point

  1. Identify and assess areas of waste at needle point
  2. Assess Operational Methods for identified critical tasks and conduct method studies
  3. Conduct Capacity Studies and Time Studies to determine capacity & boost operator performance
  4. Monitor and assess operator performance
  5. Line Balancing: Assess work flow, work organisation, line layout, resource utilisation. Style planning and preparation. Line set-up. Bottle-necks. Balance and re-balance production lines
  6. Identify Key Performance Indicators and Measurements to review system improvements

Learning Outcomes (LO): Quality Management Processes and Practices

  1. Overview of Quality Department Organisational Structure
  2. Overview of existing skills matrix and develop a skill training plan for the Quality Department Personnel 
  3. Quality Assurance and Quality Control Skills and solution-based training. Identifying common fit problems, identifying non-conformance. Garment measurements. AQL inspection standard and methods. Performance measurements.
  4. Pre-Production and Bulk Sample Assessment Method
  5. Internal AQL Method. Final AQL Method
  6. Monitoring and Measurement of efficiency and effectiveness. Pre-Production – Bulk and final inspection pass rate. Escalation to resolution turnaround time. Recall rate

Garment Construction Short Course

Course Type: Non-Credit Bearing Short Course

Duration: 2 Days

Target Audience:

  • Sample Machinists; Quality Controllers; Examiners; Production Planning

Learning Assumed to be in Place:

Whilst access is open, learners must be able to:

  • Speak, read and write in English
  • Do basic mathematic calculations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

Description:

This technical Short Course in Garment Construction will equip the target audience with basic sewing skills, techniques and knowledge required to construct good quality garments 

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  1. Identify various stitch types used in the construction of garments
  2. Identify different seam types used in the construction of garments
  3. Identification of garment parts and pattern pieces
  4. Garment construction sequence and assembly breakdown
  5. Garment examination, Fitting and Finishing

Modular-based Cross Training and Multi-skilling Practical Short Course for Sewing Machine Operators

Course Type: Non-Credit Bearing Short Course

Duration: Minimum Two Weeks Per Machine Type  

Target Audience:

  • Existing Sewing Machine Operators

Learning Assumed to be in Place:

Whilst access is open, learners must be able to:

  • Speak, read and write in English
  • Do basic mathematic calculations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

Description:

This Short Course is designed for existing Sewing Machine Operators. This Short Course focusses on equipping learners with the necessary practical skills required to ensure for a more versatile and flexible workforce operating in an assembly line of a Clothing Manufacturing firm. This Short Course will focus on the multiskilling and cross training of Sewing Machine Operators as identified and determined through the completion of a Skills Matrix. The aim of the Short Course is to develop Multi-skilled Operators who are able to perform different operations. This Short Course will monitor and assess individual learner performance relative to the operation and machine training undertaken.

This Short Course may be implemented in modular form based on the machine and operational requirements

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  1. Multi-skilling: Complete the Skills Matrix. Identify current skills sets. Identify and implement multi-skilling against a pre-determined set of operations required at plant level be it either simple operations or more complex operations
  2. Cross Training: Complete the Skills Matrix. Identify current machine skills. Identify and implement cross training against a pre-determined list of two sewing machine types
  3. Monitoring operator performance against set targets
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of quality standards and specifications

Quality Assurance and Quality Control Short Course

Course Type: Non-Credit Bearing Short Course

Duration: 6 Half Days inclusive of theoretical and on-the-job practical skills transference 

Target Audience:

  • Quality Department Personnel – Quality Assurance and Quality Control Personnel 

Learning Assumed to be in Place:

Whilst access is open, learners must be able to:

  • Speak, read and write in English
  • Do basic mathematic calculations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

Description:

This Short Course in Quality Assurance and Quality Control is geared toward equipping learners with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to bring about improved quality standards within a clothing manufacturing entity

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of quality in manufacturing processes
  2. Fault identification and analysis
  3. Understanding non-conformance and related risks
  4. Product fit, measurements and inspection standards
  5. Practical Skills Transference: Pre-Production, In-Line Checking, Off-line Final audit processes and completion of related documentation

Sewing Machine Mechanics for Operators Short Course

Course Type: Non-Credit Bearing Short Course

Duration: 8 Hours

Target Audience:

  • Existing Sewing Machine Operators 

Learning Assumed to be in Place:

Whilst access is open, learners must be able to:

  • Speak, read and write in English
  • Do basic mathematic calculations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

Description:

This Short Course is designed for Sewing Machine Operators working on the Assembly line of a Clothing Manufacturing firm. The Short Course will equip learners with an understanding of basic sewing machine repairs as they pertain to two sewing machine types, which would enable them to conduct fault finding and rectify common faults on the sewing machine. The aim of the Short Course is to reduce machine downtime as Operators would be better equipped to resolve basic mechanical problems

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  1. Describe the method of operation and practical application of overlock sewing
    Machines
  2. Diagnose and rectify faults in overlock sewing machines.
  3. Service the main stitching components of overlock sewing machines.
  4. Carry out service procedures on overlock machines.

Sewing Machine Mechanics for Supervisors Short Course

Course Type: Non-Credit Bearing Short Course

Duration: 16 Hours

Target Audience:

  • Line Supervisors / Team Leaders

Learning Assumed to be in Place:

Whilst access is open, learners must be able to:

  • Speak, read and write in English
  • Do basic mathematic calculations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

Description:

This Short Course is designed for Supervisors and Team Leaders working on an Assembly Line in a Clothing Manufacturing Plant. This Short Course will equip Supervisors and Team Leaders with basic mechanical adjustment skills and knowledge required to minimise machine downtime in a production environment. The aim of this Short Course is to ensure that Supervisors are better equipped to resolve basic mechanical problems.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  1. Conduct fault finding and rectify common faults on the Lockstitch Sewing Machine, Overlock Sewing Machine and Cover-Seam Sewing Machine
  2. Lockstitch Sewing Machine: Machine Parts, Threading, Needle insertion – change, Tension balancing and stitch setting, Setting of feeding and presser foot and attachments, Cleaning procedures
  3. Overlock Sewing Machine: Stitch types and uses, Threading, Stitch setting and tension balancing, Stitch bite
  4. Cover-seam Sewing Machine: Cover-seam stitch types, Thread controls and threading, Fault Analysis

Productivity And Work Study

Course Type: Non-Credit Bearing Short Course

Duration: 5 Days

Target Audience:

  • Work Study Personnel – Line Supervisors – Team Leaders – and related personnel 

Learning Assumed to be in Place:

Whilst access is open, learners must be able to:

  • Speak, read and write in English
  • Do basic mathematic calculations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

Description:

This Short Course in Productivity & Work Study will introduce learners to Work Study and equip them with both the practical skills and theoretical knowledge as it pertains to Method Study and Work Measurement. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  1. Introduction to Work Study and Productivity
  2. Introduction to Method Study
  3. Introduction to Work Measurement
  4. Basic formulae and calculations used in Work Study
  5. Line Balancing Methods and Procedures
  6. Workplace Application (Determine line target and operator target; Determine the right resource and machinery requirements; Anticipate and address bottlenecks; Balance and re-balance production lines; Address production deviations)

Work Study at Needle Point

Course Type: Non-Credit Bearing Short Course

Duration: Four Weeks

Target Audience:

  • Line Supervisor – Line Sewing Machine Operators 

Learning Assumed to be in Place:

Whilst access is open, learners must be able to:

  • Speak, read and write in English
  • Do basic mathematic calculations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

Description:

This Short Course, Work Study at Needle Point, is a practical intervention that is implemented at plant level focusing on the identification of factors impacting on efficiency in order to effect and bring about improvements to productivity

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  1. Identify and assess areas of waste at needle point
  2. Assess operational methods for identified critical tasks
  3. Conduct capacity studies and Time studies. Boost operator performance
  4. Monitor and Assess Operator Performance
  5. Line Balancing (Assess work-flow, work organisation, line layout, resource utilisation. Style planning and preparation. Line set-up; Bottle-necks; Balance and rebalance production lines

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