Please note updated presentations will be available on Tuesday 14 December 2008

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

Pre-conference workshop: Skills and performance auditing
Complete skills and development auditing linked to overall strategic performance indicators:  Learn how to conduct a total performance audit

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: Peter Metcalfe, Chairman, 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: Peter Metcalfe, Chairman, The Foundation for the Development of Africa, South Africa

Panelists:

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

Technical skills development planning
Chairman: Joe Samuels, Deputy Executive Officer, 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 – 12h15

Developing a model to follow through after you’ve identified skills shortages / Management capacity building in knowledge and skills development
Senior representative, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa

12h15 – 12h30

Questions and Answers

Session 1.2.1

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

Session 1.2.2

Case studies: ICT
Chairman: Venansius Baryamureeba, Dean: Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, Makerere University, Uganda

13h30 – 14h00

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

ICT skills development efforts in Nigeria
Olaposi Abiola, Country Director, OneVillage Foundation (OVF), Nigeria

14h00 – 14h30

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

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

14h30 – 15h00

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

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

The impact of high workforce mobility and the competition for talent – current and future trends
Lou-Anne Lubbe, Talent and Organisational Performance, Talent Management Lead, Accenture, 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
Senior representative, South African Local Government Association (SALGA), 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