Celebrating achievement in skills development

Finding innovative ways to counter South Africa’s growing skills shortage crisis

Advocate Leslie Sedibe, CEO of Proudly South African,
Advocate Leslie Sedibe, CEO of Proudly South African

Some of South Africa’s most innovative industry and business players, government departments and organisations were honoured at a glittering gala awards dinner at the CSIR International Convention Centre last Tuesday.

Hosted by Achiever magazine and sponsored by BHP Billiton, the prestigious Achiever Awards single out and pay tribute to businesses and other establishments who demonstrate their commitment to the enhancement of their employees’ skills base by implementing development and training programmes that are relevant, innovative and effective.

The event was the culmination of the annual, highly successful Skills and Development Summit, which was addressed by a plethora of Government ministers, deputy ministers, industry leaders, educationalists and others.

The Summit is the most important platform for finding innovative ways to counter South Africa’s growing skills shortage crisis.

The Achiever Awards, meanwhile, attracted more than 350 key industry players, government institutions and trade councils and saw a range of winners in a myriad different categories.

The honours at the Awards are bestowed on employers whose skills development initiatives have undergone a rigorous screening process by an independent panel of judges.

The judges look for industry relevance, innovation, sustainability, exceptional creativity and socio economic impact.

BHP Billiton CEO, Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi, told the gathering the National Development Fund (NDF) strove towards a thriving economy, with all South Africans skilled and employed by 2030.

“BHP Billiton believes in being a good corporate citizen of South Africa, and fulfilling this great vision,” he said. His company sponsored the Awards because they were “a business imperative”.

Advocate Leslie Sedibe, CEO of Proudly South African, said one of the most hurtful things said about South Africa was that the country was “going down the drain. The truth, however, was that “we are going through one of the most interesting times in the history of humanity”.

This year’s Achiever Awards winners were:

  • Best Innovative Programme – SA Maritime Safety Authority
  • Best Training Partnership Programme – Rand Water
  • Best Graduate Training Programme – Unitrans Freight and Logistics
  • Best Training Programme: Small Company – College of Production Technology (Pty) Ltd
  • Best Training Programme: Large Company – Steinmüller Africa
  • Best Public Sector Training Programme – Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC)
  •  Best Training Provider – Bytes People Solutions
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