The Science Centre Capacity Building (SCCB) Programme was initiated by the DST with the aim to capacitate the South African science centre community to operate their centres effectively through a number of initiatives and means, including training. In addition to training, the programme also offers opportunities for networking and information sharing among various science centre practitioners.
The Science Awareness Platforms (SAP) Unit at SAASTA has the responsibility to identify training interventions meant to capacitate science centre staff. The participants range from floor presenters to Managers. The training interventions are identified in collaboration with the DST and the local chapter of the South African Association of Science and Technology Centres (SAASTEC).
Science Centre personnel through centre managers are provided with a list of identified training interventions for the year and invited for participation. The list includes dates for implementation thus allowing participants to plan on time and in line with their centre programmes. Relevant staff members, depending on their roles are nominated at the centres for participation and the SAP Unit at SAASTA is responsible for covering all the costs.