Makana Brick Bricklaying School is funded by Makana Brick and run by the East Cape Training Centre, the training facility is based at the factory's premises.
Courses are run where there are materials - brick, sand and stone. Everything else is supplied in the mobile unit from the training centre. Peter George, from East Cape Training Centre, said the course focused on selected modules of bricklaying. A normal bricklaying course takes 60 days, but the bricklaying school offers a 10-working-day course which is “as versatile as possible”.
Makana Brick CEO Colin Meyer said the bricklaying course not only ensured the long-term sustainability of the clay brick industry but provided much needed assistance with the high level of unemployment in Grahamstown. The aim is to create a mobile school which could be taken anywhere in the Eastern Cape to conduct training.
The school, which can train up to 15 at a time, is Seta approved and certificates are handed out at the end of the course to successful candidates.