The importance of skills development in industry 

July 11th, 2018, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Vector

Technical training has become an ever-increasing requirement in terms of health and safety.

Compliance with Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) and the Skills Development Act makes it possible for business owners to employ unskilled individuals and to provide them with training so that they can contribute meaningfully to the workplace. Investing in one of the many skills programmes can benefit your human capital more than any impulse appointment.

Employers are directly responsible for the growth and progress of their employees and must remain abreast with the requirements of the law on aspects such as the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and skills development levies.

Employer-endorsed skills development has an important role to play in in the future of our industry and the Skills Development Act encourages businesses to invest in training and, in doing so, make a vital contribution to society.

Employers in this country face the problem of employee retention over and above the skills shortage in South Africa. People whose employers invest in them personally and professionally are more likely to show loyalty to the company.

Skills development programmes increase your BBBEE scorecard rating and help to strengthen the workforce. Companies which invest in human capital create new opportunities, both internally and externally and, by employing skills development, create a capable workforce equipped with the tools they need to excel.

Accredited training courses on the operating regulations for high-voltage systems (ORHVS) provided by training providers such as MTW Investments implement EWSETA and ServiceSETA-accredited training interventions and deliver practical experience in the application of theory.

Employee development is a constantly changing science which should be approached with a forward mindset; solutions that work well now may not be effective in a year’s time. In time, employers adjust their employee development plans according to the needs of their businesses, its employees and the industry at large.

Technical training has become an ever-increasing requirement with regards to health and safety. Personnel tasked with the operation of medium-voltage switchgear are required to be declared competent and authorised to work in this environment. They must be trained in the regulations and various safety procedures governing safe switchgear operation.

Some training providers such as MTW Investments offer accredited training in operating regulations for high-voltage systems and provide practical experience where the theoretical aspects are put into practice. These practical aspects can be applied safely, with guidance from experienced facilitators with hands-on experience in this field.

The dynamics of standby generation are evolving with the load requirements constantly increasing to accommodate both critical and non-essential loads. This makes medium-voltage generation, or the stepping-up of conventional 400 V generation, a viable option. It has also, however, resulted in a new set of challenges as most electrical personnel are unfamiliar with MV systems and do not comply with the health and safety requirements.

In conclusion, the human resource has become one of the most important aspects of business today and trained personnel are a valuable asset in the promotion of a safe and efficient working environment.

Contact Pieter Terblanche, MTW Investments, Tel 011 298-1802,

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