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German business chamber to launch logistics training

07.05.18 AHK Süd-Afrika - News-Hauptkategorie

The South African German Training Services division at the Southern African German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) last week unveiled plans to develop a dual vocation training programme aimed at elevating skills in the logistics industry.

“We have just launched our mechanisation training and development programme, which addresses some aspects of logistics,” said Isabella Hlabangu, director of SA German Training Services, “but with so many German logistics companies operating in South Africa, we have seen the need to create an industry-specific programme,” Her announcement follows the publication of the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry ‘Foreign Investments in Manufacturing Industry 2018 report’ – based on a survey of around 2 500 German industrial companies by the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) – showing that 67% of German companies with foreign investments saw the lack of skilled workers in the country they were investing in as one the greatest risks to their business development.

Deputy CEO of the SGCCI, Frank Aletter, agreed with the concern highlighted in the survey report, telling FTW that many German companies looking to establish themselves in SA struggled to find skilled or experienced people.

“These are challenges that must be met by the companies themselves in the form of effective skills development programmes.” He said these programmes also helped companies deal with increasingly stringent black economic empowerment (BEE) regulations.

Aletter explained that the chamber’s training systems operated according to the German dual vocation system – 80% practical experience and 20% theory. “Students attend lectures for a day or two per week and work onsite at a sponsoring company for the rest of the week,” he said.

According to Aletter, the result of this training system was an employee who was not only skilled enough to meet the specific requirements of a German company operating in South Africa but was also a “perfect fit” for that company’s organisational structure.

The course will be open to everyone in the industry.  [more] see page 06

by Adele Mackenzie

Freight & Trading Weekly
Friday 4 May 2018 No. 2293