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South Africa:Training in basic knowledge for adults

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South Africa:Training in basic knowledge for adults

Imerys has been supporting ABET*, South Africa’s literacy and numeracy drive for numerous years.

"ABET is an opportunity to get all employees up to basic standards of arithmetic and reading and writing English " says Veneshan Veramuthu, Talent Development Manager at Imerys South Africa. Participants can also learn mining-related subjects and are rewarded for their progress.

Imerys signed a new agreement with the participants, setting out exactly what the company expects of them. Imerys South Africa is currently looking into the possibility of offering employees who have completed the basic skills training to take a National Certificate in Mining. The aim is to keep up motivation for learning and improve technical knowledge on production units.

Improving our employees’ basic education enables Imerys to give them tasks with greater responsibilities. “As an employer, it’s our responsibility to effect a positive change” adds Veneshan Veramuthu.

* ABET: Adult Basic Education and Training


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