Skills development - what's happening?

The skills shortage in the water industry has recently been highlighted by Auditor General Kimi Makwetu. And for most of us in the groundwater industry, this doesn't come as a surprise - we are constantly in need of more skilled people to build, maintain and protect our water infrastructure and resources.

So Volume 106 of the BWJO will be focussed on skills development in the groundwater industry and we're inviting you to submit articles and news stories involving skills development. It will also be a great opportunity for training and other skills development companies to advertise in the BWJO.

Even if you don't have a full article to contribute, we still want to hear from you. You can choose to have your name and company published, or you can remain anonymous if you prefer. We'd love to hear your answers to some or all of these questions:

  • Tell us one of your skills development success stories.
  • What challenges are you facing (as an individual, department, or company) with regard to skills development in the groundwater industry?
  • What has been your experience with online learning/e-learning? How would you rate its effectiveness?
  • To what extent do you use social media for learning? How would you rate its effectiveness? 
  • If your sector uses a system of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points, give your opinion on its effectiveness.
  • How effective have SETA training courses been in your company?
  • What is your opinion on practical verses theoretical training?
  • What methods does your company use to develop peoples' skills, beyond formal training courses?
  • What do you think can be done to encourage more young people to go into a career in the groundwater industry?

So send an email to editor@bwa.co.za. It would be great if you could copy and paste the question and then give your answer underneath it.