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Training our people

We make resources available to enable our people to grow intellectually and bring new ideas to fruition. Training and development programmes are reviewed continuously to ensure they remain relevant to the changing needs of our people, the business environment and Sappi.

Our approach to training is decentralised, with each mill, function, business unit and region taking responsibility for training.

While we invest in formal training and development programmes, we realise that potential is not only developed through training courses which develop competencies and skills. We provide our employees with opportunities to gain new experiences and through individual development plans, based on creating the right conditions and circumstances that allow people to develop their careers.



Average training hours for all employees by job category and gender

All employees                
Region No grade Unskilled Semi-skilled Skilled
technical
and junior
management
Professional
and middle
management
Senior
management
Top
management
Total
SEU 26.00 9.45 18.49 23.64 18.01 19.68 25.02
SNA 132.04 32.51 39.23 30.55 16.55 3.33 96.70
SSA 315.03 30.89 64.48 65.90 21.81 12.43 3.70 82.19
Sappi group 74.58 30.89 62.76 54.91 24.54 15.71 8.75 59.89

Training hours – male averages

Male                
Region No grade Unskilled Semi-skilled Skilled
technical
and junior
management
Professional
and middle
management
Senior
management
Top
management
Total
SEU 26.13 15.35 13.06 24.11 18.72 19.68 25.45
SNA 131.66 39.63 41.77 30.57 16.36 5.20 102.42
SSA 476.89 37.21 69.33 72.89 22.80 7.84 3.32 96.36
Sappi group 75.52 37.21 68.45 64.55 25.12 14.53 9.97 64.69

Training hours – female averages

Female                
Region No grade Unskilled Semi-skilled Skilled
technical
and junior
management
Professional
and middle
management
Senior
management
Top
management
Total
SEU 24.61 2.95 20.90 22.19 13.35 22.48
SNA 135.99 28.83 33.45 30.48 17.20 1.00 67.46
SSA 96.84 22.58 43.46 42.68 19.05 29.24 7.90 44.72
Sappi group 67.29 22.58 40.75 33.88 22.79 21.04 2.38 40.78