Training & Development
Y our heads up on training, Avi Africa and Galliova
Abelated Happy New Year to all Poultry Bulletin readers; I trust that it’s a good year despite the numerous challenges being thrown at you.
Indications are that 2016 is going to be a difficult year for all South Africans, with projected food price increases due to drought, the weakened Rand affecting feed prices, and of course the recent repo rate hike of 50 basis points - all of which impacts the country’s GDP and you and I, the consumer.
We’ve seen higher interest rates in the past, we’ve also seen the Rand at weak levels before, albeit it not at the present rate. And yes, we’ve had droughts before. The challenge though is that in the past, these factors were fairly spread out, while at present all these factors are hitting the industry and consumers at the same time, which is fuelling a rather negative sentiment. To quote Douglas Adams Author of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy “Don’t Panic.”
We’re still busy with two projects, one being the PME and PMI training funded by the AGRISETA to the amount of R500 000. This project began in November 2015 and will finish in May 2016, with 56 PME and 18 PMI candidates being trained.
The second project is the DAFF small farmer training initiative spread over a 2-year cycle with the goal of training 250 farmers in 2015 and 2016 respectively. DAFF made R1,5-million available for this initiative spread over the 2 years. This training initiative is accessible to small poultry farmers - not individuals wanting to start a poultry farm. The target set for 2015 was 125 farmers receiving assistance. We managed to train 172 farmers, so exceeding the requirement. The next funding cycle will start in April once the final training report has been submitted to DAFF.
All SETA’S were requested to engage with stakeholders to discuss, inform and solicit inputs to the proposal from the Department of Higher Education and Training on a Gazetted document titled “Proposal for the New Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) and Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETA’S) landscape within the context of an integrated and Differentiated Post School Education and Training System (NSLP-2015)”. The AGRISETA hosted a workshop with stakeholders on 8 December 2015 as well as on 20 January 2016.
The AGRISETA has requested that the all stakeholders respond to the proposal and that inputs, comments and recommendations are sent→
through to DHET as well as the Seta. SAPA has convened a special training meeting scheduled for 9 February to discuss the matter, following which a submission will be made.
The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations has confirmed receipt of SAPA’S application to develop four Abattoir qualifications. These are poultry slaughterer; poultry slaughterer (poultry processing); poultry slaughterer (poultry meat examination); and poultry slaughterer (poultry meat inspection)
This will be discussed at the 9 February meeting, and a task team will be set up as part of the scoping exercise required when developing new qualifications, which will be funded by the AGRISETA.
A query has been sent to the AGRISETA requesting information on the registration status of the three poultry production QCTO qualifications developed in 2012/13. These are poultry farm worker, poultry farm supervisor and poultry farm manager.
Avi Africa 2016 – 21 to 23 June
Planning for this event started in 2015 and is well underway. The speakers programme will be circulated once it’s finalised.
Planning for this event is underway. This year, we hope to host the event in Johannesburg, with detail provided in future issues of the Poultry Bulletin. Scheduled SAPA meetings The first round of scheduled SAPA meetings kicks off in February, with the Export Forum followed by the Training, Transformation, Poultry Health and Welfare, and Food Compliance committee meetings. Information regarding the outcomes of these meetings will be communicated to members.
How you can help South Africa
As you are no doubt aware the racial tension on social media is escalating daily. Fellow South Africans of all race groups are represented and the arguments, comments and accusations being flung about hit hard. Penny Sparrow has risen to notoriety but there have been others. Each and every individual in this country sits with their own attitudes, opinions and emotions. Most of these so deeply entrenched that we no longer have any choices. We have to debate the future of the so-called Rainbow Nation.
It is also true that many people are saying let’s get on with it. Let’s stop looking back and take some positive steps to secure a future for ourselves and our children. But many don’t know how. From our perspective it’s simple. If every corporation in South Africa embarked on a meaningful two-day dialogue facilitated by experienced trainers with a track record of conciliation and diversity knowledge, highlighting and debunking stereotypes and the role of the media; respect, understanding and empathy will start building. It’s that simple. We’ve seen it again and again.
But why should corporates invest to this extent, what’s in it for them? Well, firstly increased productivity. In teams where there is no back-biting or underlying tension, no turf-guarding and no recriminations or incorrect assumptions, where communication is good and the respect is at a high level, in those teams, deadlines and targets are reached.
The further benefits are that a truly non-racial organisation will set a benchmark in their industry drawing in applications from the most skilled who have but one goal. Progress. And in a time of skills shortage, this is exactly what is needed to ensure sustainability.
In addition, the level of emotional intelligence in an individual who has attended diversity training increases, thereby increasing the likelihood of developing good leaders, and if there is one thing we know it is that the lack of good leadership is the number one reason for failed departments and organisations.
In closing, it is true to say that South Africa cannot take too many more knocks without the damage being irreparable. We are losing jobs hand over fist and we are haemorrhaging skills at every border post. We have a generation of jobless youth who are in despair and all we actually have to do is to talk. Are you willing to do so?¡