A new generation of black commercial divers is busy qualifying through training provided by the Subtech Group in partnership with the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA).
“This is some of the good news about transformation in the maritime industry,” says Malcolm Alexander, education, training and development (ETD) practitioner at TETA.
Subtech trained eight Class 3 commercial divers over 12 months with a funding from the TETA Maritime Chamber.
After completing their training at the end of May, some of the trainees had this to say:
“Over the last 12 months I have learnt how to tolerate and interact with people in a working environment, and I am more open to other people’s idea. I can say without a doubt that this experience has made me more ready for the diving world. New skills developed during my learnership include operating power tools and launching boats.”
Age: 23 | Hometown: Inanda
“Over the last year I have practiced my communication above and below the water, and have learnt what it takes to be a good team member. This experience has given me the confidence to think on my feet and make informed decisions.”
Age: 26 | Hometown: Hammarsdale
“My favourite memory from the past year would have to be diving at zero visible for the first time – on an actual job! Aside from the practical skills that I have learnt, I am now more aware of how I’m expected to behave in the workplace.”
Age: 23 | Hometown: Tongaat
“There are lots of skills I’ve learnt during my learnership such as, how to operate cranes and excavators, working with ropes and how to tie barges onto the bollards.”
Age: 25 | Hometown: Inanda