PLASTICS SA, the umbrella body representing the South African plastics industry, hosted a series of highly successful information sharing breakfasts last month.
These annual events have grown to become a cornerstone of the industry’s knowledge-sharing ecosystem and are aimed at promoting skills development within the industry.
Under the theme ‘Inspire,’ this year’s breakfasts took place at Plastics SA’s head office in Midrand, as well as at the KZN Sharks Board and Conference Centre in Umhlanga and the regional offices in Cape Town. All three events garnered widespread attendance from industry representatives, including manufacturers, suppliers, research institutions and regulatory bodies who were eager to learn more about the exciting learning programmes (both accredited and non-accredited) being offered by Plastics SA’s Academy for Learning and Development.
“Our information sharing breakfasts provide an important platform for customers and other stakeholders to connect, collaborate, and gain invaluable insights into how Plastics SA is adapting to the ever-evolving landscape of education and training in the plastics industry,” says head of the Academy for Learning and Development, Kirtida Bhana.
Bhana emphasised the significance of adapting to new factors influencing the future of jobs and skills, including technological advancements, demographic shifts, climate change, evolving work patterns, and globalisation. She urged attending companies to critically consider essential questions that will ensure their businesses remain sustainable with capable employees at the helm.
“How proficient is your workforce in critical job skills?” Bhana asked, prompting attendees to assess the competency of their teams in light of the dynamic industry demands. She stressed the importance of aligning training programmes with market trends and encouraged the local plastics industry to embrace the digital revolution to equip their workforce for in-demand, technology-driven roles that will help them remain competitive in the fast-paced world of plastics manufacturing.
“We are thrilled to witness the overwhelming response and participation from industry stakeholders at this year’s breakfasts. The feedback we received from attendees was that our breakfasts offered them invaluable insights, as well as a unique networking opportunity, forging meaningful connections and sharing experiences with like-minded professionals. Plastics SA remains committed to driving innovation, fostering skills development, and cultivating a sustainable future for the plastics industry. We extend our gratitude to all the participants, sponsors, and partners who made these events possible,” Bhana concluded.
For more information, visit www.plasticsinfo.co.za