Where there is a will, there is a way!
Astrapak has continued to show that they recognise their greatest assets – their people. Without dedicated and passionate people the business would not be what is it today. This commitment however is not one sided and in order for the company and the team to benefit from this powerful approach, there needs to be a will to achieve and change from every individual.
This week we bring you a story, which demonstrates immense patience, and dedication, determination and such a deep will make a difference. Morne Coetzee, the current Senior Technician and Mould Store Manager at Pak 2000 in Westmead, has been with the Astrapak group for 12 years. Mr Coetzee joined the company without any formal tertiary qualification. What he did do was see a need to develop his skill and improve his knowledge.
Over time Mr Coetzee completed various skills courses including supervisory management (dealing with effective planning and communication), blow moulding, raw material management and administration, but the qualification was never recognised as prior learning.
Pak 2000 has been a player in the organised plastics industry for many years and they have maintained a strong relationship with Plastics SA, who is responsible for the training with regard to Blow Moulding, a technology that is utilised at the plant. Plastics SA have over time, through their affiliation to MERSETA, had their plastics courses accredited and the courses are now internally and externally moderated. These courses are also funded and made possible through the Skills Development Levy.
Courses that were previously not recognised as a formal qualification are now indeed a recognised NQF achievement. So Mr Coetzee’s 12 years’ experience and completion of the skills courses that he had attended has now finally been formalised as a National Certificate learnership on a National Qualification Framework.
By aligning all his previously earned skills and presenting a Portfolio of Evidence to Plastics SA, which included subjects such as the process of setting up machines, ordering stock and tracking material usage, the qualification was assessed and approved.
This wonderful example of the desire of an individual team member, the dedication and commitment of the company to their team and the powerful relationship that exists between the Company and the organised plastics industry in South Africa, and the benefits of the Skills Development Levy fund linked to MERSETA is testament to just what can be achieved if your want and work for something enough.
We congratulate Mr Morne Coetzee on his graduation, which earned him a National Certificate on a National Qualification Framework and look forward to the difference we can make in our customers’ businesses through the capacity we build in our teams.