Shell receives the first accreditation in South Africa for its chemical operations training
Dec 03, 2014
Shell South Africa recently received a national accreditation for its Structured Operator Training (SOT) programme for learners and operators. The accreditation was awarded by the Chemical Industries Education and Training (CHIETA) – a statutory body established to facilitate the development of skills in the chemical industries sector.
Shell is the first and only company in South Africa to achieve this accreditation using its own material for the Chemical Operations Certification (NQF2). This accreditation officially qualifies Shell South Africa as a Learning Institute that can offer a Chemical Operations certification.
We are delighted to receive this accreditation; we believe this world class learning programme will advance operational excellence and the culture of Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) within our business and in our industry. The programme will also cultivate a mind-set that continuously monitors risk indicators, promote safe and efficient performance of our staff and learners and most importantly, support our Goal Zero aspiration – Shell’s mission to achieve zero harm to people, environment and assets, said Tanya Kabalin, Manager Head of Downstream, South Africa.
The SOT training programme is part of Shell’s plan and journey to grow its business. This journey commenced three years ago after evaluating people competencies, HSSE culture and business performance. After a rigorous review, a comprehensive plan to develop and entrench structures, processes, skills and behaviours to improve operational performance was implemented. It is this introspection that triggered this development programme.
“The achievement of this accreditation is a milestone in our transformation journey, and it is in line with our aspiration of leading and developing our people, our neighbours and the communities in which we operate. As an organisation, we are committed to addressing and improving the skills shortage in the Chemicals Industry, we are also determined to support employment growth in South Africa.” mentioned Prithinee Naidoo, HR Country Manager.
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