Pictured at the Chem OPS Level 1 graduation ceremony at the a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals’ Training Centre were (from left):  Judy Shaik, Branch Manager, Institute for Quality Education Training and Development; a.b.e.® graduates Jabulani Dlamini, and Mapule Mokoena, George Ndlovu; with Brian Matthee, General ManagerHuman Resources & Organisation of the Chryso Southern Africa Group. 

Four a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals production staff members recently ‘graduated’ after successfully completing Chemical Operations (Chem OPS) training provided by the Institute for Quality’s Education Training and Development department.

a.b.e.®, which has operations in both Boksburg and Durban, is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group.

Brian Matthee, GM: Human Resources and Organisation for the Group, says the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level One training was provided by a.b.e.® as part of the Chryso Group’s commitment to BB-BEE, which includes substantial Group investment in learnerships and upgrading of staff skills. The Chem OPS training holds Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) accreditation.

The four Boksburg-based a.b.e.® production staff members who were ‘capped’ and received their certificates at a special graduation ‘Chem OPS’ ceremony organised by the Institute for Quality were:

  • Nathaniel Manganye and Jabulani Dlamini who successfully completed Chem OPS Level 1 training in Warehousing and Logistics; and
  • Mapule Mokoena and George Ndhlovu who successfully completed Chem OPS Level 1 training in Productiion.

“We had also enrolled another a.b.e.® Boksburg factory staff member, Liberty Sibiya, who also successfully completed the training, but sadly passed away before the graduation ceremony,” Matthee stated.

He said the Chem OPS Level 1 students started their year-long, on-the-job training – which places emphasis on both theoretical and practical production aspects – at the beginning of 2013. “The candidates for the weekly four-hour voluntary training were selected after assessment by a.b.e.® Their successful training – and visible improvement in production expertise as well as general enthusiasm – has inspired the four graduates’ colleagues to want to follow suit. The result was that a.b.e.® enrolled 11 more production staff members, as well as five Chryso production staff for the 2014 Chem OPS Level 1 course. The four a.b.e.® graduates also followed their Chem OPS Level 1 training with Level 2 studies during 2014,” Matthee added.

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