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DPI Plastics chooses award-winning training provider

Ensuring the growth and development of its employees

05 November, 2015:
Christa LampalzerDPI Plastics is ensuring the growth and development of its employees in a progressive and sustainable manner by engaging the services of the College of Production Technology (CPT).
CPT offers accredited learnerships and skills programmes in the production and manufacturing, wholesale and retail, and logistics and supply chain industries. It officially became the preferred training provider for the Dawn Group in March this year.
The training provider has been selected as one of three finalists in the 2015 South African Small Business Awards in the ‘2015 National Small Business Champion’ category. The awards Ceremony will be held at Monte Casino at the 2015 South African Small Business Awards on Thursday 5 November.
“The Dawn Group, specifically Dawn HR Solutions, acquired a 49% stake in CPT, after realising the potential of being able to offer standardised and customised high-quality training solutions to many of its subsidiaries from within the group,” explains Christa Lampalzer, head of human resources at DPI Plastics.

NQF Level 2 Plastics Manufacturing Learnership

“CPT successfully conducted the NQF Level 2 Plastics Manufacturing Learnership at DPI Plastics, which was completed last year. We are anticipating either a new set of learners for the same learnership, or the original learners progressing to the NQF 3 Plastics Manufacturing Learnership,” explains Andy Greenwood, CEO of CPT.
CPT successfully conducted the NQF Level 2 Plastics Manufacturing Learnership at DPI PlasticsThe training provider is also conducting learnerships for Sangio Plastics and Swan Plastics in KwaZulu-Natal, also part of the Dawn Group. Greenwood comments that CPT has a succession route specifically for companies such as DPI Plastics, whereby learners advance through NQF levels, thereby completing industry-specific qualifications.
“One route that has proven very popular and efficient is the Learnership in Production Technology, which we recommend to companies such as DPI Plastics once it has completed the more industry-specific courses such as Plastics Manufacturing at NQF Levels 2 and 3,” Greenwood highlights.

Preparing future production managers

“By moving onto the Learnership in Production Technology at NQF Level 4, or even the Learnership in Manufacturing and Assembly Operations Supervision, also at NQF Level 4, we are preparing future production managers for the company.”
This also ensures greater horizontal and vertical portability within their own teams at the company. “It leads to staff feeling more valued and appreciated within the company, which results in a more productive workforce,” Greenwood argues.
“Apart from offering a wide range of accredited training programmes to the Dawn Group, CPT will also act as advisor to Dawn HR Solutions with regard to all aspects of training, from grants to SETA requirements and qualification registration, as well as assessing and outsourcing to other providers where necessary,” elaborates Martine Goodchild, marketing manager at DPI Plastics.

Demand for technical skills in SA

CPT was established by Greenwood in 2000, after he became aware of a demand for technical skills training in South Africa. The training provider has programme approval with three major SETAs, namely the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA, the Wholesale and Retail SETA and the Transport SETA for the presentation of certain learnership qualifications, in addition to certain skills programmes.
In 2002, CPT clinched the DTI’s Business Excellence Award for Partnership and Collaboration. This was followed by the Achiever Award for Best Training Programme by a Small Company at the BHP Billiton Skills Development Summit in August 2012.
CPT won the same award again in 2013, following a nomination by Dawn HR Solutions, for the Wholesale and Retail Operations Supervision Learnership at NQF Level 4.
This year saw CPT placed as runner-up in the category of Best Training Provider, which Greenwood cites as a major achievement for the training provider and a strong testament to the quality of the training it provides.

About DPI Plastics
DPI Plastics is a leading manufacturer of PVC and HDPE water reticulation and drainage pipe and fitting systems, with two ISO 9001 certified South African factories, one in Johannesburg and the other in Cape Town. In addition, the DPI Group has wholly-owned subsidiary plants in Namibia and Botswana and joint venture manufacturing operations in Mauritius, Tanzania and Angola, producing plastic pipes to the relevant SABS or international specifications.

DPI Plastics Contact 
Martine Goodchild
DPI Plastics Marketing Manager
Phone: (021) 957 5600

About College of Production Training (CPT)
CPT was established by Andy Greenwood in 2000 after he became aware of a demand for technical skills in South Africa.  CPT accommodates clients large and small, including many blue chip companies in South Africa. CPT is also the proud winner of the dti Business Excellence Award for Collaboration and Partnership, as well as the only winner of TWO consecutive Achiever Awards for the Best Training Programme by a Small company for two of its Learnership offerings. CPT has an ISO 9001: 2008 registered Quality Management System and is currently a Level 3 BEE contributor. CPT has programme approval from merSETA, TETA and W&R SETA, and is in the process of registering with the Services Seta. It also has its own registered Assessors and Moderators nationwide.

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