Printing SA provides skills to printing and packaging sectors

Printing-SAAs part of its new skills pool strategy, Printing SA is providing to its member companies talented individuals eager to take up career opportunities in the signage, printing and packaging industry.

 Steve Thobela, CEO of Printing SA says these sectors are major contributors to South Africa’s GDP.

‘They include 1 228 printing and packaging companies with 1 000 suppliers to those companies. They also provide jobs to 45 000 people and 31 artisan trades.

‘Government has recognised that South Africa’s economic recovery hinges on re-industrialisation. It further depends on manufacturing sectors that can provide jobs, particularly for the large numbers of unemployed young people. The flip side is even though many young people are looking for jobs, very few have the skills needed by this segment of industry. In partnership with the FP&M SETA, Printing SA has been able to enroll 80 learners in its brand new Foundational Learning Programme (FLP) in 2018,’ he adds.

Graduate learners successfully complete three component courses. These are Foundational Learning Competencies, Introduction to the Printing and Packaging Programme and a Work Readiness Programme.

The last phase of the FLP consists of a three month internship during which learners gain valuable workplace experience and exposure to the following areas:

  • raw material stores
  • material handling and material handling equipment

  • printing or packaging processes

  • printing or packaging material surface requirements

  • post printing or packaging finishing processes

  • dispatch

  • sales, estimating and production planning.

Thobela highlights that Printing SA will make learners available to member companies between 1 October and 14 December 2018 to serve their internships.

Learners will be registered as interns with the FP&M SETA. Member companies will be able to claim BBBEE Skills Development contribution points in two categories. These are for the number of learners placed as interns as well as points towards expenditure for paying stipends to them.

FLP graduate learners who have successfully completed their internships will be made available to member companies in the New Year.

Printing SA has also commited to place learners who have not been taken up by industry in a technical, theoretical field of high demand to further enhance their employment prospects.

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