PMI invests in the agricultural sector


“As a leading provider of human capital development solutions in South Africa and Africa, PMI has, over the last few years identified and structured its business and solutions to effectively and positively impact the skills shortage facing the agricultural sector,” says Tim Smeeton, managing director of PMI.

In their ‘Agricultural Sector Strategic Skills Plan: 2011 – 2016, the Agricultural-Sector Education Training Authority’s (Agri-SETA) forecasts the demand for skilled employees at different levels over the next few years at 510 686. Included in this number is 8925 technicians and trade workers, 5800 machinery operators and drivers and 226 250 elementary workers.

Amongst the skills development priorities listed for technicians and trade workers were:

• Mechanical engineering trades workers focusing on fitters, fitters and turners, fitter-welders and millwrights

• Fabrication engineering trades workers focusing on boilermakers and welders

• Mechanics and automotive electricians focusing on automotive motor mechanics, diesel motor mechanics and motor mechanics

• Animal attendants, trainers and shearers

The machinery operators’ skills development priorities were listed as:

• Mobile plant operators focusing on farm equipment and machinery operators, agricultural mobile equipment operators, loader operators and forklift drivers

• Truck drivers

Product examiners and farm workers were listed as the elementary workers’ skills development priorities. According to the plan, the reason for this increased demand was the need for the up-skilling of staff as a result of the current poor education levels.

PMI’s specialised agricultural and technical divisions offer training solutions for the above skills development priorities and more. These include accredited qualifications and skills programmes.

“Our relationship with the Agri-SETA is a core strategic focus for our agriculture and technical divisions,” concludes Smeeton.

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