Technical Skills Africa

8 December – 10 December 2008

Pre-Conference Workshops

Monday 8 December 2008

09h00 – 12h30

Session 0.1.1

Pre-conference workshop: Talent management – an integrated approach
Workshop leader:
Lou-Anne Lubbe, Talent and Organisational Performance, Talent Management Lead, Accenture, South Africa

  • What is talent management?
  • Learn how to introduce leading practice
  • Learn how to create a pipeline of skills internally
  • Gain knowledge on strategic sourcing: Competing for scarce skills in the market place
  • Apply global best practice – a case study

13h30 – 17h00

Session 0.2.1

Workshop leader:
Belia Nel, Certified Performance Technologist, Leaders of Learners, South Africa
  • Apply performance improvement principles and practices to identify skills as well as overall performance gaps for your organisation
  • Learn how to conduct a skills assessment and audit based on the total performance system
  • Assess critical skills necessary to deliver on strategy
  • Identify developmental opportunities based on the current skills set
  • Apply an assessment methodology to identify where the gaps and misalignments in potential performance areas are
  • Learn how to identify skills audit requirements and the potential impact on total performance requirements

Conference Program Day 1

Tuesday 9 December 2008

Opening session: 1.0.1

Challenges and partnership initiatives
Chairman: Mike Henson, Director, The Foundation for the Development of Africa, South Africa

09h00 – 09h30

Welcome address: Challenges facing African countries in promoting technical skills development and retention
Penny Vinjevold,  Deputy Director General, Department of Education, South Africa

09h30 – 10h30

Panel discussion: Partnerships for sustainable skills development in Africa
Moderator: Mike Henson, Director, The Foundation for the Development of Africa, South Africa

Panelists:

  • Venansius Baryamureeba, Dean: Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, Makerere University, Uganda
  • Christo Basson, Director: Quality Assurance, South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), South Africa
  • Marianne Scott, Director: Education and Skills Development, National Business Initiative, South Africa
  • Penny Vinjevold, Deputy Director General, Department of Education, South Africa
Session 1.1.1

Technical skills development planning
Chairman: Christo Basson, Director: Quality Assurance, South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), South Africa

11h00 – 11h30

Identifying technical skills shortages for future operations
Brian Makungo, Training Manager, Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre, Zambia

11h30 – 12h00

Management capacity building in knowledge and skills development
Dutch Matlaletsa, Project Manager, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa

12h00 – 12h30

Building a sustainable ICT workforce – operating from the same skills base as international competitors
Johan Horak, Skills Development Executive, RICOH SkillsLinc Academy, Sub Sahara Africa Region, South Africa

Session 1.2.1

Case studies: Engineering & ICT
Chairman: Antonio Ruffini, Editor, Mining Review Africa, South Africa

13h30 – 14h00

Training initiatives for the development of engineering and mineral beneficiation practitioners
Valaine Nel, SGB Manager, Mining Qualifications Authority, South Africa

14h00 – 14h30

Skills development programmes for the integration of women
Tshidi Dabula, Skills Development Manager, De Beers Group, South Africa

14h30 – 15h00

Competing globally with local skills crisis’
David Ives, Director: Developer and Platform Strategy Group, Microsoft, South Africa

Session 1.3.1

Recruiting, developing and retaining intellectual capital
Chairman: Natalie Fraser, Executive: Operations, Association of Personnel Service Organisations (APSO), South Africa

15h30 – 16h00

Enhancing learning delivery through the application of technology in a blended learning approach
Denis McDougall, Manager: Training, Gold Fields Business and Leadership Academy (GFBLA), South Africa

16h00 – 16h30

Aligning employer brand with target market to enable effective attraction, retention and development of talent
Sylvia Thomaides, Operations Director, Tricruit, South Africa

16h30 – 17h00

Managing the exodus of technical skills
Yendor Felgate, Managing Partner, Emergence Consulting, South Africa

Conference Program Day 2

Wednesday 10 December 2008

Session 2.0.1

Keynote session
Chairman: Tamara Parker, Talent and Organisation Performance, Management Consulting and Integrated Markets, Accenture, South Africa

09h00 – 09h30

Keynote address: Reducing the skills deficit to meet the demands of a growing economy
Honourable Minister Mosibudi Mangena, Department of Science & Technology, South Africa

09h30 – 10h15

Addressing skills shortages in the oil and gas sector
Mike Macrae, Project Manager: Skills Development, SASOL, South Africa

10h15 – 10h30

Questions & Answers

Session 2.1.1

Case studies: Engineering and power
Chairman: Ian McKechnie, Immediate Past President, South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, South Africa

11h00 – 11h30

Developing and retaining essential technical skills for infrastructure development in local governments
Enslin van Rooyen, Lecturer: School of Public Management and Administration, University of Pretoria, South Africa

11h30 – 12h00

Building engineering capacity key to Africa’s development
Marvin Benjamin, Corporate Director: Government Affairs, Siemens Group, Southern Africa

12h00 – 12h30

Resourcing skills in utilities
Joos du Plessis, Talent and Skills Manager: Human Resources Division, Eskom, South Africa

Session 2.2.1

Capacity building and intellectual capital investment
Chairman: Jan Coetzee, Managing Director, Manpower, South Africa

13h30 – 14h00

Linking your performance management system to performance improvement thinking and strategies to improve organisational performance
Belia Nel, Spokesperson, International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), Southern Africa

14h00 – 14h30

Linking return on investment to a shared vision
Sussy O. Weke, Human Resources Officer, Kenya Electricity Generating Company, Kenya

14h30 – 15h00

Capacity building development in Africa
Alinafe Kasiya, Project Manager, NEPAD Secretariat, South Africa

Session 2.3.1

Closing: Sustainable skills development

15h30 – 16h30

Panel discussion: Current challenges and the way forward
Moderator: Alinafe Kasiya, Project Manager, NEPAD Secretariat, South Africa

Panelists: 

  • Marvin Benjamin, Corporate Director: Government Affairs, Siemens, South Africa
  • Enslin van Rooyen, Lecturer: School of Public Management and Administration, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Sussy O. Weke, Human Resources Officer, Kenya Electricity Generating Company, Kenya