Sappi Southern Africa
Sustainability Report

GIVING PEOPLE OPPORTUNITIES TO SUCCEED (SINEKEZA ABANTU AMATHUBA OKUPHUMELELA)



 
 

The overarching aim of the Sappi Skills Centres at Ngodwana and Saiccor Mills, officially opened at the beginning of 2018, is to develop a learning campus that enriches the lives of our local community and Sappi employees by providing and elevating technical vocational skills. More specifically, we hope to empower our employees to improve their performance at work, and our community trainees to create sustainable service businesses or seek meaningful employment. Trainees, are unemployed youth (aged 18-35), living in local communities around our factories and forestry operations.

CREATING ENTREPRENEURS AT THE SAICCOR SKILLS CENTRE

Thokozani (TK) Dladla from Dududu KwaZulu-Natal joined the very first group of young trainees at the Sappi Skills Centre, Saiccor Campus in October 2017. He completed the Basic Handyman Electrical course at the centre but discovered he had a natural talent for welding and steelwork. After successfully completing the nine-week programme that covered life skills, hand tools, power tools, electrical installations and business skills, TK was inspired to venture into his own ‘TK Steelworks’ business. TK’s small business is gaining momentum and he now makes and supplies burglar proofing, security gates and work benches. He also installs and repairs household appliances.

Thokozani (TK) Dladla

THE SKILLS CENTRES HAVE ADOPTED A THREE-STEP APPROACH TO TRAINING:


Basic handyman with micro business   Pre-trade (bridging programme)   Apprenticeship

  TYPE OF
  COURSE
  COURSE DETAILS   AFTER THE COURSE/
  PROGRAMME?
Basic handyman
  • Nine-week programme.
  • Open to community members.
  • Facilitated by Sappi third year apprentices under supervision of qualified artisans.
  • Eight weeks formal learning and one week’s practical experience.
  • Encouraged to start micro service businesses.
  • Can apply for Sappi general worker vacancies.
  • Referral to contractors operating during shutdowns as potential general workers.
Vocational training –
pre-trade
  • Six months trade theory including institutional practical work.
  • Certificate of competence on completion of phase exams.
  • Designed to identify potential apprentices.
  • Facilitated by qualified apprentice trainers.
  • Encouraged to start service businesses using the trade knowledge gained.
  • Can apply for Sappi apprenticeship when available (limited numbers available).
  • Referral to other industry players for apprentice opportunities.
 
  • Three and a half years apprenticeship to enable factoryready trainees.
  • Complete programme up to trade test.
  • Recruited as registered, contracted apprentices, paid the prescribed wages.
  • Applicants have to pass modules to continue.
  • Facilitated by qualified apprentice trainers.
  • Assessors and moderators provided by Sappi.
  • May apply for artisan vacancies after completion of trade test.