“With a labour force of more than 275 000 in the wine industry as a whole – and research indicating a strong need for improved human resource development throughout the wine industry valuechain, the time was right to develop a framework in this regard,” explains Johan Giliomee, VinPro manager of Transformation and Development, who was involved in the formulation of the strategy.
Winetech, VinPro and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) initiated the process towards the Learning and Development Strategy, with stakeholder workshops in October 2013, and January and May 2014. Thereafter a draft was formulated and refined by a Technical Task Team, approved by the Winetech Training Committee and distributed to industry stakeholders for comment. The document is expected to be finalised in August.
“The Strategy’s vision is to further develop the wine industry into one that is built on the capabilities of its people, able to maximise its return on investment, and is an employer of choice for new entrants,” explains Giliomee.
Some of the focus areas in the Strategy include:
• The formulation of a structured framework and implementation plan
• The up- and multi-skill of workers due to pressure from mechanisation and globalisation
• The identification of current experts to address the need for accredited training providers, mentors and curriculum advisers
• The development of career paths and job grading systems to allow for better succession planning
• Addressing a lack of training programmes for scarce skills related to the wine industry, such as bottling, engineering, marketing and sales.
According to Giliomee previous training and development programmes mainly focused on primary production; however the Strategy – in alignment with the overarching approach of the Human Resource Development and Training workflow of the wine industry strategic framework – will focus on the entire valuechain.
“Input was obtained from as many stakeholders in the wine industry value-chain as possible during the review and comment process. Their buy-in and commitment will be crucial to the successful implementation of the Strategy going forward,” says Gerard Martin, executive manager of Winetech.
For more information, contact Gerard Martin at 021 276 0496, email@example.com.