TRAINING AND CAPACITY BUILDING
Partner Africa offers a range of training programmes that are invaluable to African based companies.
Businesses and individuals often struggle to meet their sustainability goals without the proper support. Partner Africa’s training programmes are designed to increase capacity, and improve practical knowledge and management skills within companies aiming to enter or improve their presence in international markets.
Our programmes aim to improve the systems, structures and processes required to achieve ethical business goals of international companies with African based operations.
Partner Africa offers a range of training programmes that are invaluable to African based companies. Our training programmes cover general ethical trade awareness and compliance to global standards as well as address some of the most common areas of non-compliance. We also offer training in certification processes for Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade.
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“Since the RA training, our welfare as staff in the factory is taken care of in terms of health, security, payment and treatment at work”
KTDA Factory employee
PARTICIPATORY APPROACH TO TRAINING
Our training programmes have been designed to transform the traditional classroom setting into an interactive participatory approach.
Our participatory training methodology strengthens peer to peer learning, while considering literacy levels, language, backgrounds, cross cultural settings, tribal differences, factory/farm locations and worker situations.
For these reasons, we invest in and assign local trainers who have the relevant local knowledge and languages if needed. Partner Africa is also able to provide translators, so that migrant workers can also participate.
Our experience shows that during the workshop or course the trainees tend to undergo a significant change in attitude and approach.
This initial change is the first stage in the process, so it is important that we allow this change to happen and are confident that as the workshop or course progresses, participants will move through this phase when they begin to develop and appreciate a deeper understanding of their potential role in managing development activities.
Some examples of the participatory approaches used in training include: use of energizers, ice breakers, role-playing, case studies, open discussions, and situational activities which incorporate games and scenarios to help trainees better understand a difficult situation.
CURRENT TRAINING PROGRAMMES
Improved Workplace Communication
This is a two-day course that explains the importance of workplace communication and uses experiences from leading ethical suppliers to illustrate mechanisms for improving communication in the workplace. A DVD case study is used to support the training, highlighting how the use of welfare committees can improve communication between management and workers within leading companies. The programme is available in English, Swahili, Afrikaans and Arabic.
- 20-25 trainees per 1,000 employees
- Participants should be balanced in gender
- Worker representatives from all departments are required to attend
- A Trainer of Trainers (TOT) / sensitization module is recommended as part of the training
- Optional pre and post training assessments to understand the impact of the training sessions
- Optional support/follow up visits
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