Empowering our people through education

Marcom Plastics learners, from left:  Petrus Tshotetsi; Salome Motubatse; Benson Hlongwane; Abram Ndou.

Marcom Plastics learners, from left:  Petrus Tshotetsi; Salome Motubatse; Benson Hlongwane; Abram Ndou.

Thermopac, from left (front): Nolitha Pama; Nomaphelo Dingane; Maxwell Mcosana; Melody Adams; Lynette Saunders; Algenon Agulhas; Deon Storm; Mogammad Storm; Merlin Bowers. (Back): Wilfred Phiri (Facilitator); Lungisa Sumdaka.

Thermopac, from left (front): Nolitha Pama; Nomaphelo Dingane; Maxwell Mcosana; Melody Adams; Lynette Saunders; Algenon Agulhas; Deon Storm; Mogammad Storm; Merlin Bowers. (Back): Wilfred Phiri (Facilitator); Lungisa Sumdaka.

Investing in people and specifically those who are closest to us in our business is one of the valuable investments we can make. Staff from Astrapak Group’s Western Cape-based Thermopac and Plastform, and Gauteng’s Marcom Plastics manufacturing sites has been afforded the opportunity to attend Adult Education and Training (AET) in order to uplift their own self worthwhile at the same time achieving their national recognised qualifications. The learners have achieved fantastic results and Astrapak applauds and congratulates them on passing their levels to progress onto the next level.

Astrapak Group Training Manager, Hangwelani Dlamini, said that the Group had afforded all their employees an opportunity to attend classes, which are scheduled around their working hours, and have funded the whole programme as well as providing time off work in order to attend some classes.

“The learners also embark on basic computer training,” said Ms Dlamini. “They have one-on-one contact sessions with a facilitator and the computer training enables them to continue with their classes online as well.”

In May this year, nine learners from Thermopac passed their level one exam and six learners from Plastform passed their level three exam. In August, two learners from Plastform passed level three; while three learners from Thermopac passed level two and four learners from Marcom Plastics passed level three in September.

“Some of our employees have not had the opportunity to attend formal schooling,” continued Ms Dlamini. “This impacts on their literacy and numeracy skills. Receiving basic education empowers our people not only in the workplace, but in their personal lives as well.”

Astrapak Group currently has 18 members of staff attending AET, with ages ranging from those born in 1994 that might’ve left school early, to those born in 1963. After passing level four and achieving the basic foundation of reading and writing, participants can enter into more structured, job-related learnership programmes.

*Adult Education and Training (AET) is available to adults who want to finish their basic education. An outcomes-based programme, AET aims to provide basic learning tools, knowledge and skills, and provides participants with nationally recognised qualifications. There are an estimated 3.3 million illiterate adults in South Africa. The four levels of AET training are equivalent to Grades R to 9. https://www.westerncape.gov.za/service/education-and-training-adults-abet