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Technology on wheels at Plastics|SA

Plastics|SA’s Training Division was recently  tasked by Venture Plastics in Rosslyn, to customise a one year programme comprehensively covering all aspects of knowledge, practical skills and workplace experiential components of the Injection Moulding Setter Occupation.

Venture enrolled 13 learners, including unemployed graduates, in the programme which began in February 2018.

Plastics|SA devised a comprehensive training plan for this group, which involved partnerships with other providers who specialise in various offerings. Plastics|SA’s Training Division believes in providing our learners with world class skills and partnering with the most suitable providers. Since pneumatics and hydraulics knowledge and insight are vital to this occupation, Plastics|SA called upon the assistance of Festo, a  leading world-wide supplier of automation technology and the performance leader in industrial training and education programs.

Living up to their international reputation, Festo provided a fully equipped ‘classroom on wheels’, which remained parked at Plastics|SA’s premises for the duration of the training.

Festo has a worldwide presence with 250 branches in 62 countries.

Plastics|SA goes digital

Keeping up with modern trends, Plastics|SA now issues ‘digital’ certificates instead of hard-copy certificates.

How does this work?

Once learners have been found competent in a learning programme, Plastics|SA, through its Digital Certificates service provider, Limelight Software, creates each learner’s digital original certificate.   Each digital certificate is loaded into Plastics|SA’s vault, as well as the relevant client’s vault, and is accessible on the website This website is very user-friendly, and certificates in the Vault can be easily e-mailed, printed or downloaded. Plastics|SA staff members are always on hand to talk you through the process.

Digital certificates:

  • obviate the need for printing of hard-copy certificates which would need to be collected, posted or delivered to a client’s premises;
  • mean no delay in the issuing of certificates, unless a learner is found not yet competent;
  • enable clients to always have access to learners’ certificates via the website;
  • enable clients to e-mail certificates;
  • bear a QRCode which, when scanned with a mobile phone, will display the original certificate. If the details on the certificate shown to you on paper or screen do not match the scanned image, then you are being shown a fraudulent certificate.

The certificates are loaded on the website by learning programme name and per course date, and will always be there for easy reference.  The client then has the option to print the certificate (in colour if preferred), and/or save the certificate.


Should you have any queries regarding these certificates, please do not hesitate to contact your Plastics|SA training administrator:

Gauteng:         Fhatu               Tel. 011 653 4788 or

Renee             Tel. 011 653 4797 or

KZN:                Desirée           Tel. 031 702 7222 or

WC:                 Kim                  Tel. 021 591 5512 or

Zikhona           Tel. 021 591 5512 or

2018 Training Information Sharing Breakfasts

We are excited to invite our customers to our annual Information Sharing breakfast, taking place soon! 

Please see below for the dates:

For more information, or to book your seats, please contact:

Cape Town:       7 March
Durban:             8 March
Johannesburg:  14 March
Port Elizabeth:  15 March

Regional Training News – Western Cape

Information Sharing Breakfast 2018

Bernhard Schulz, Senior Project Engineer – Interior @ Isuzu Motors South Africa; Babsy Nolubabalo – HR Practitioner @ Faurecia Interior Systems, Michael Oelofse – HR Manager @ Rhino Plastics receiving their Lucky Draw spot prizes from Isabelle Brettenny (Plastics|SA) at the Information-sharing Breakfast recently hosted by Plastics|SA at Lodge on Main in Walmer, Port Elizabeth.

Also present at the breakfast were Harry Solomon and Olrike Pettit (MerSETA Port Elizabeth Client Liaison Officers) with Kirtida Bhana and Isabelle Brettenny of Plastics|SA.

Workplace Safety Training

The saying: “Safety in the Workplace is Everyone’s responsibility” is “spot-on” for many companies.  Delegates on the Workplace Safety training, which took place in April 2018, conducted by Technical Trainer, Marthinus Du Toit (standing 2nd from Right), were from Alplas Plastics, Allflex Packaging, Myplas and Plaslantic.

Basic Raw Materials training

  took place in April with delegates from Amcor Flexibles, Plaslantic, Sandplast Injection Moulding and UV Tooling under the watchful eye of  Technical Trainer, Andrew Murray. Basic Raw Materials is paramount for companies who need their workforce to understand the properties and uses of the plastic materials that they are working with.

Thank you

Thank you to Spicoly Plastics (frisbee and spoon & fork moulds) & Flexoline Products (hairslide mould)for supplying moulds for practical training at Plastics|SA Maitland premises. It is very important to have different moulds for practising mould changes, as it assists the learners to apply their practical skills in the workplace.

 Grant Crosby-Emery with Mpact Containers Atlantis (Left pic), Turner Plastics and Wizard Plastics (Right pic) delegates displaying some of the finished products.

Manufacturing and Assembly Operations Supervision

Manufacturing and Assembly Operations Supervision delegates from Alplas Plastics, Plaslantic and Superthene Films with Technical Trainer, Marthinus Du Toit (Centre) who attended the Phase 1– Effective Planning training.

Production Technology Learnerships

The first group of Production Technology Learnerships from Mpact Versapak in Paarl, who started in April, pictured below with Technical Trainer, Grant-Crosby Emery.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT Kim Arendse on 021 – 591 5512 or

Regional News – Gauteng

Learnership Updates

Learnerships in 2018 started with a buzz. We saw an increase in the number of companies that participate in the learnerships.

We would like to welcome the following companies that joined us for the first time on the learnerships: Tupperware, Mpact Verspak, Prevail, Clariant Plastics and Coatings Southern Africa and Sekunjalo Manufacturers.

We would also like to thank the following companies that have enrolled learners on the learnerships over the past few years: Hellermann Tyton, Multotec, Pioneer Plastics, Arengo, Lovell Industrial Holdings, Gundle Plastall, CBI Electric, Boxmore, Clariant South Africa, Duraline, Rare Plastics, Marley Pipe Systems, ALPLA, Plastic Bubbles, Pailpac, Pipeflo, Mpact Wadeville and ADV Plastics.

In 2018, we broke the following records:

  • Enrolled more than 30 learners on NQF 2 Plastics Manufacturing
  • Enrolled 10 learners on a new learnership: Generic Management – Generic Manufacturing NQF 5
  • Enrolled more than 100 learners on learnerships before the month of June, and still enrolling…
  • We have two groups of NQF 2 (Plastics Manufacturing and Production Technology), one group of NQF 3 and NQF 4 (Plastics Manufacturing), two groups of NQF 4 (Supervisory Management) and NQF 5 (Generic Management) taking place at Plastics|SA’s premises. As far as in-house learnerships are concerned, NQF 3 (Polymer Compounding) is being presented at Multotec and NQF 4 (Plastics Manufacturing) at Clariant South Africa.
  • Duraline enrolled 16 learners on different learnerships: Plastics Manufacturing NQF 2 and Generic Management NQF 5.

 Information Sharing Breakfast

More than 50 guests from different companies attended the Information Breakfast and a few companies won prizes that were on offer:

  • Duraline, CBI Electric and Sabile HR Consultants won the three-day training vouchers
  • Rare Plastics won the dustbin that was sponsored by Pioneer Plastics


Venture-SA Setter Training

 Plastics|SA were tasked by Venture Plastics in Rosslyn to customise a one year programme comprehensively covering all aspects of knowledge, practical skills and workplace experiential components of the Injection Moulding Setter Occupation.

Venture enrolled 13 learners including unemployed graduates into the programme which began in February 2017.

Plastics|SA drew up a comprehensive training plan for this group which involved partnerships with other providers who specialise in different offerings. Plastics|SA’s Training Division believes in providing our learners with world class skills and partnering with the most suitable providers is critical. Since Pneumatics and Hydraulics knowledge and insight are vital to this occupation, Plastics|SA called upon the assistance of Festo.

Living up to their international reputation, Festo providing a fully equipped ‘çlassroom on wheels’ edu-van which remained parked at Plastics|SA’s premises for the duration of the basic pneumatic and hydraulic programmes.


Welding Technology Day – 16 May 2018

We are inviting thermoplastic fabrication companies and pipes and fittings manufacturers to attend our 2018 Welding Technology Day. We are expecting more than 50 guests to attend this important event.

A light lunch – co-sponsored by Astore Keymak, Plasti-Tech, Plasti-Weld and Rothenberger – will be served, and three thermoplastic welding training vouchers are up for grabs in the lucky draw.  Find out the details.

 2017 Multotec Learnership Graduation

In April, Multotec held their learnership graduation for their Supervisory Management graduates who completed the learnership in 2017.

UJ Career Exhibition

Plastics|SA’s training division recently participated in the University of Johannesburg Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Expo.  This was an opportunity for Plastics|SA to expose its training programmes and encourage the mechanical, electrical, civil and metallurgy learners.


For more information on our latest programmes, please visit or email




Growing demand for Plastics Training

The evolution of the plastics industry over the last two decades has been substantial.

Looking at the growing world population and their never ceasing demand for better products, scenario analysts agree that manufacturing pressures will only intensify over the next ten years.  This will put growing pressure on plastics manufacturers to demonstrate an ability to reinvent themselves – a skill that will become pivotal for the survival of the plastics industry.

Whilst South Africa boasts many local plastic manufacturers who are successfully demonstrating this dynamic side to the industry, there are still challenges that remain when it comes to monitoring those that help keep the industry going, namely the staff compliment.

Lack of Knowledge is a hindrance

“Business owners often have to overcome day-to-day challenges in their working environment, such as rising electricity and operating costs, strikes and labour issues such as low motivation levels or indifference in the quality of work employees produce. The lack of knowledge regarding both the material and machinery can prove to be a hindrance, as employees can be ill-equipped to fully grasp what is required from them,” warns Kirtida Bhana, Training Executive at Plastics|SA.

According to Bhana, an employee’s ability to understand what is required in terms of producing a quality product for shipping is vital for the growth of an organisation. “While the employee may have the will and intention to learn and do well in their position, without the correct training the employee will not be able to convert their intention into the desired results without excessive trial and error occurrences”, she says.

Fortunately, it seems as if a growing number of plastics manufacturers are realising the value of investing in training their staff.  According to Bhana, stats for the past 3 years suggest that training spend has increased steadily year on year.

“We see this as the growing realisation and acceptance that training undoubtedly adds value. As the well-known adage states, ‘if you think the cost of training is high, try the cost of ignorance’!  Employers who feel that training will empower their employees to seek alternative employment and is therefore a waste of money, should consider that training their employees is less costly than trying to run a business with untrained personnel. Also, if no one wants your employees, perhaps you should consider that you might be stuck with inferior personnel draining your resources and ultimately costing your company more in terms of resources?”, she argues.

Building relationships with the industry

Despite making these compelling arguments for the case of investing in training, the Plastics|SA teams in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban don’t spend their time convincing industry partners that training is essential. Instead, their focus is on spurring on this realisation through visits, awareness campaigns and events.  Thereafter they facilitate the process of identifying training needs with the willing.

“We build a close working relationship with our clients and get to understand their business, their challenges and their future dreams very well. Based on their individual mission and the objectives they have set for themselves to achieve in the next year or two, and in some cases even a five-year plan, we set out to determine, with them, what skills are needed to achieving these goals and what are the current gaps,  Out of those identified, we determine the priorities and the budget. This helps us plan the most suitable and sustainable intervention for the organisation that not only effectively meets, but even surpasses the expectation,” she explains.

The most popular training programmes being offered by Plastics|SA and which continue to be in high demand, are those which centre around the actual manufacturing processes, with quality and safety programmes being part of these.

Hands-on training Provider

“The legacy in the plastics industry is to promote good operators to learn setting skills.  From there, good setters are usually promoted to supervisors.  The skills sets required to fulfil an operational, managerial and eventually a supervisory role are completely different, and Plastics|SA provides hands-on training for each of these,” Bhana expands. She adds that they are continuing to see growing numbers of students being enrolled for the Supervisory Management Programmes, providing reassuring evidence that the correct gaps are being identified for development.

Plastics|SA has also recently launched various new training offerings, such as a National Certificate in Production Technology (NQF2) and Generic Management (NQF5). “This year, we will continue to run our scheduled Pipe and Profile extrusion programmes which we started in the 2nd half of 2017, using our newly acquired extruders in each region,” she divulged.

Plastics|SA plays an active role through the Plastics Chamber of the MerSETA by being a voice for the Plastics industry ensuring that the industry’s interests are always represented in skills related matters. This good working relationship enables Plastics|SA to facilitate funding access on behalf of their industry partners and helps to ease the intensive administrative processes required by the SETA.

However, Bhana highlights that whilst tax incentives, grants from the SETA for submitting Workplace Skills Plans and annual training reports and BBBEE scorecard benefits are all the obvious financial reasons to train people, the actual benefits account for so much more on the shop floor.  These can be measured using indicators such as lower maintenance and breakdown costs, higher efficiencies, higher morale, lower absenteeism and motivated staff with all-round better work ethics.

A knowledgeable employee (with the right attitude) is an asset to any company.

For this reason, training should be seen as the ultimate motivational tool that every company needs to invest in. By having an adequately trained workforce, you will help create a culture in which your employees care and contribute to the business.  They will be more motivated and excited about their work, as they understand what they do matters to the success of the organisation. The trained and confident employee will be more vocal when they view incorrect practices and will be better equipped to troubleshoot small faults before it becomes a costly problem – thus illustrating the important relationship between training and motivation.  Upskilling people transforms lives and increases their value add.  Ultimately, this is what human dignity is all about,” Bhana concludes.

For more information about Plastics|SA’s training offering, visit

NQF 5 Generic Management

Generic Management is a qualification which targets managers, supervisors and all learners who have completed the NQF 4 and Supervisory Management Programmes.  Each Learning Programme addresses the outcomes required for specific Unit Standards included in the National Certificate Generic Management – Generic Manufacturing on NQF 5.

Phase 1:  Workforce Management (31 credits)

Phase 2:  Workplace Operations, Change Management and Communication (32 credits)

Phase 3:  Workplace Risk, Coaching and Knowledge Management – (30 credits)

Phase 4:  Workplace Process Optimisation and Efficiencies (36 credits)

Phase 5: Workplace Project Management and Finances (34 credits)

For more information on this Programme please contact or 011 653 4788


Message from our Training Executive

‘To skill or not to skill?’  This is no longer the question employers are asking.

‘Which skills can I equip my staff with, so that they are able to maximise contribution to the company’s bottom line’, is more probable for most progressive leaders.  It’s been an arduous journey for the Training Division, but we now seem to be operating in a new world order that no longer sees value in holding people back.  Instead, leaders are realising the integral role of human resources, in a company’s success.

  • We thank our Industry Partners who trained with us this financial year and we look forward to strengthening our relationship in the future.
  • We also thank each and every learner and wish them much success in their path of knowledge. Ngikufisela inhlanhla!
  • A huge SHOUT OUT to the amazing individuals who make up the Training Division.  Tenacity, determination, dedication and a passion for developing people, are but a few of the invaluable qualities they possess.

May our year ahead bring even greater depths of transformation in the lives of our learners and their organisations. Here’s to a successful year ahead for our industry partners, our learners and our staff.

Kirtida Bhana

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