Heineken South Africa is training 28 learners enrolled in its Packaging Learnership Programme. Through this SETA-accredited learnership, the students will attain an NQF Level 3 packaging qualification upon graduation from the year-long programme.
The learnership was launched in April 2018, with the aim of strengthening the skill set of the company’s talent. Objectives of the programme include fortifying the brewing giant’s future talent pool and recruiting talent from the local university.
Packaging is done at Heineken’s state-of-the-art brewery in Sedibeng, Midvaal, where the company brews a large portfolio of premium and mainstream brands, including Heineken®, Windhoek, Miller Genuine Draft, Sol, Amstel and Strongbow cider. The facility recently reached an output capacity milestone of four million hectolitres. Eight existing Heineken employees were selected for the programme, along with learners enrolled at the Vaal University of Technology, which is in close proximity to the brewery. As part of ensuring transformation in what is understood to be a male-dominated industry, 15 women were selected for the learnership.
“It important that the programme reflect women’s potential capabilities and contribution in the industry,” says Thandie Letshabo, manager: Supply Chain Academy, Heineken South Africa. The learners were taken through a series of assessments to gauge their capabilities and technical aptitude, before the final selection was made. “Through the Packaging Learnership, these learners will obtain the skills and attributes that will make them employable in other brewery roles that may become vacant after their successful completion of the training,” says Letshabo.
Letshabo adds that one of the key benefits of an internal learnership programme is that – from the outset – the learners get acquainted with our internal systems and processes – essentially learning and living “the Heineken way of doing things”.
Letshabo concludes, “Exposing the learners to both theoretical and practical on-the-job training early on translates to agile future employees who are skilled, and prepared for most challenges in their chosen career paths.”
Continuing to create capable employees
Heineken South Africa’s Supply Chain Academy is fully accredited with FoodBev SETA as a training and assessment provider. The main aim of the academy is to build an organisation with fully capable employees to perform their current jobs and empower them with future skills that can allow them to grow in the business. We develop staff whose skills are relevant to the South African working environment.
In addition to the packaging learnership, the academy also runs the following programmes:
- · Millwright Apprenticeship (Technical Operator Programme) NQF 4
- · Business Administration NQF 3
- · Generic Management NQF 4
- · Competency-based training focused on upskilling staff with specific skills, knowledge and behaviours critical for them to perform their work duties.