EDUCATION & DEVELOPMENT
Woodlands Dairy recognises the need to equip employees with knowledge and skills that will not only benefit the organisation, but also provide employees with the opportunity to uplift themselves and forge careers. Apart from on the job training and training related to specialised tasks and functions, the company has a number of specific projects that provide both employees and previously unemployed learners with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills.
ADULT EDUCATION AND TRAINING
The company is committed to providing support to employees whose levels of numeracy and literacy creates barriers to their career development by supporting them, via study loans and paid time off, to attend classes.
DEVELOPMENT OF PREVIOUSLY UNEMPLOYED YOUTH
This learnership programme targets matriculated school leavers from the local area who have not yet gained permanent employment in the formal job market. It aims to retain these youngsters who would usually seek to leave the local region in search of employment opportunities. The purpose of the one-year learnership is to teach the successful 35 applicants the basic milk reception principles, dairy analytical procedures, health and safety and best manufacturing processes. The majority of learners who successfully complete the programme are absorbed by the company into permanent positions.
Our apprentice programme was initiated in 2011, as a medium to long term project, with the objective of creating a level of self-sustainability by providing the company with a pipeline of critical electrical artisans that are not always readily available externally. The majority of these learners are from previously disadvantaged groups and make a contribution towards the achievement of the company’s employment equity targets.
Our junior management serve as our first line leaders and their ability to act effectively is critical to the success of the organisation. On an annual basis, we select promising and potential leaders at this level to enrol in an NQF4 Manufacturing Management Learnership. Out of this group, high achievers are selected to complete a NQF5 Management Program.
DAIRYMAN PROGRAMME (SAMPRO)
Woodlands Dairy aims to address the need for skilled dairy product makers for the company and embarked on upskilling employees in order for them to be certified occupational tradesmen in production of various different dairy products.
Employees that have potential and are aspiring to grow within the company are provided with the opportunity to be considered for the provision of financial assistance of part-time tertiary studies.