The Larimar Group established its Training Academy in November 2007. We have a fully-equipped facility staffed with well-trained and full time employed team members. We have 9 registered Assessors and 6 registered Moderators who form part of the training team. The Academy is based in Lea-Glen, Roodepoort and training across the Larimar Group is overseen as a centralized function. Additional to a practical training area catering for the training needs of Apprentices and Technical staff, we also have 3 dedicated Training Buses for driver training.
The Training Academy was officially accredited by the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) for the first time in 2007 and re-accredited in August 2012. We hold secondary accreditations with the Manufacturing Engineering and Related Services Seta (merSETA) for Technical Training, and MICT Seta for IT Training.
Training is viewed as a business imperative and therefore operates in the mainstream of the business. The Board of Directors and Executives fully support all our training initiatives. The Larimar Group invests a significant amount of money in Training on an annual basis.
In the financial year 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013 the training budget was R13 million,
In the financial year 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014 the training budget was R19 million
The Training Academy offers the following types of accredited programs for employed (staff) and unemployed learners:
1. National Certificate in Professional Driver Training Learnership, NQF 3
2. Refresher Driver Training
3. Remedial Driver Training
4. Customer Services programs
5. New Driver Development programme - Skills Program
6. IT Training - MS Word; MS Excel; MS Powerpoint and MS Outlook
7. Apprentice Programs for Diesel Mechanics and Auto Electricians
8. Technical Product Knowledge Training – For Artisans and Senior Technical Staff
9. Health; Safety and Environmental training programs
10. Management Development Programs (in house) for all Supervisory and Managerial levels
11. Training and Seminars – for our Professionals and Specialists
Some interesting training statistics and facts:
We consistently exceeds our annual training targets as set out below. 90% of the employees trained are African; Coloured and Indian.
In 2012 – 2013 we planned (according to our Workplace Skills Plan – WSP) to train 1626 employees, we exceeded this target by training 1657 employees (as reported in our Annual Training Report – ATR)
In 2013 – 2014 we planned (according to our Workplace Skills Plan – WSP) to train 1547 employees, we exceeded this target by training 2321 employees (as reported in our Annual Training Report – ATR)
Primary Training Programs:
Driver Training: NDDP; Refresher; Remedial and DC Learnerships
We train an average of 320 New Drivers on a 6 week structured training program per annum.
All new drivers undergo training at the beginning of their employment. This training is based on 3 weeks theoretical training during which the following modules/unit standards are covered, Operate a heavy rigid vehicle;
Foster and maintain customer relations and
Provide commuter services.
The following 3 weeks are spent on practical driving under the direct instruction of a Driver Instructor.
Current drivers attend a compulsory Refresher Training course every 2 years which focuses on Defensive Driving techniques; Customer Relations and the latest legislation.
Remedial Training courses are arranged for accident prone drivers, these courses target problem areas and assist the driver to improve their driving techniques and behaviour.
We also offer the Nationally accepted, full Professional Driver qualification at an NQF level 3 with 123 credits, the duration is 12 months. In February 2014 a group of 15 Female Drivers commenced on this program.
For the period April 2012 to March 2013 we trained the following numbers of drivers:
|Remedial Driver Training||22|
|Refresher Driver Training||866|
|Unemployed Learnership Driver Training||10|
|Driver Training - Skills Programs (NDDP)||303|
April 2013 to March 2014
|Remedial Driver Training||169|
|Refresher Driver Training||992|
|Unemployed Learnership Driver Training||14|
|Driver Training - Skills Programs (NDDP)||183|
Apprentices: Diesel Mechanics and Auto Electricians
We have a well-established Apprentice training program enabling students to register as qualified Diesel Mechanics and Auto Electricians after successfully completing their Trade Tests. The program runs over a period of 3-4 years. We believe that it is important to give the youth of our country good quality training and practical workplace exposure. We currently have 125 Apprentices, 82 First years; 27 Second years, and a group of 16 Third years who are scheduled to write their trade trades in the latter part of 2014!
We also offer bursaries to employees wishing to further their studies in line with the organisation’s business strategy and goals.
Over the 3 year period 2012-2014 we awarded bursaries to the total value of R355 344
Contact Information for the Larimar Training Academy:
|Switchboard:||087 654 6400|
A dedicated team of qualified Psychologists, Psychometrists and intern Psychometrists work closely with the Recruitment Department to identify suitable candidates by administering a variety of psychometric instruments, accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
The Selection Centre follows a scientific driver selection process to ensure that we employ drivers meeting our high standards.
Recent statistics show that for every four (4) candidates that go into the selection process, only one (1) successful and fully trained Driver will be appointed at a Business Unit to start working within the Operations Department.
The driver selection process is based on a multiple hurdle assessment process. The Vienna Dover Test System (VTS) forms part of this assessment process. It was originally developed in Austria. Since its introduction to South Africa it has been widely used amongst transport companies, the mines and also for fighter pilot selection at the South Africa National Defence Force.
The Vienna Dover System is used to asses driver candidate’s decision making speed, correctness of decisions, hand-eye-foot coordination, auditory and visual discrimination, reaction speed, concentration levels under monotonous conditions, stress tolerance and stress recovery.
Driver candidates undergo a practical bus driving assessment administered by a TETA registered, qualified Diver Instructor to ensure that they will be able to master all the driving skills successfully during the training period.
MIE background screening services are used to verify the applicant’s driver’s license, Public Driver’s Permit (PrDP) and criminal records.
A mandatory pre-employment medical examination is done by a qualified Occupational Health Doctor and Nurse to ensure that the candidate is physically fit to safely operate a bus.
The selection centre team administer a literacy assessment to enlist candidates that will meet the required standard for our training skills program. Lastly, conduct interviews to obtain detailed information on the candidate’s skills and overall approach to work followed by a reference check obtained from a previous employer.
Following a successful outcome of all the tests and assessments drivers will be sent for training to the Larimar Training Academy.