Critical Skills

Critical Skills refer to the skills gaps within FP&M organisations (i.e. the sector internal labour market).
The lack of these critical skills among workers in many organisations limits their potential level of effectiveness, thereby hindering business growth. Therefore, critical skills represent deficiencies of specific knowledge, experience, or competencies amid the current workforce in the FP&M Sector.
The critical skills in the sector are addressed through various interventions and short courses, examples of which are illustrated in Figure 9. Critical Skills programmes are not always accredited through the SETA, since there are often no unit standards for them.

 

Summary of Scarce Skills

Clothing
Clothing Technologists, Performance Improvement Technologist, Technicians, Machine Mechanics/Mechanicians, Production Managers, Work Study Officers, Technical Training Managers, CAD and CAM Specialists, Supply Chain Managers.
Footwear
Performance Improvement Technologist, Technicians, Machine Mechanics/Mechanicians, Production Managers, Work Study Officers, Technical Training Managers, CAD and CAM Specialists, Supply Chain Managers
Furniture
CNC machining (Computerised Numerical Computer); CNC technical management; CNC machine centre management; Furniture designing; Production management; Store keeping; Tape edging; Upholstery
Forestry
Chemical spraying; Environmentalists: fire fighting; Chainsaw operators; Production foreman; Foresters; ABET.
General Goods
Performance Improvement Technologist, Technicians, Machine Mechanics/Mechanicians, Production Managers, Work Study Officers, Technical Training Managers, CAD and CAM Specialists, Supply Chain Managers
Leather
Technologists, Performance Improvement Technologist, Technicians, Machine Mechanics/Mechanicians, Production Managers, Work Study Officers, Technical Training Managers, CAD and CAM Specialists, Supply Chain Managers
Packaging
Plant and Machine operators and assemblers, Sales and Plant workers, Technicians and Associate professionals, Factory Managers

Printing
Factory Managers, Sales Representatives, Artisans (Can Making), Litho-graphers
Publishing
Publishers, Commissioning editors, Writers, Authors, Graphic Designers, Managers
Pulp and Paper
Artisans (Electrical, Mechanical); Maintainer Operators (Tissue Converting); Electrical Technicians;Process Controllers; Management Accountants; Project Managers; Papermakers; Pulp makers; Chartered Accountants; Civil Technicians;
Wood Products
Saw doctors; Slicers; Splicers; Dryers in veneer manufacturing; Veneer grading; Timber Drying Kiln Operator.