Skills & Knowledge Development activities in both primary and secondary dairy industry sectors are limited to the following principles:
1. Continued evaluation
2. Interactions with authorities
3. Promotion and guidance
Functions that should be funded by the relevant SETAs (Agri SETA and FoodBev SETA) are excluded from these Milk SA projects, while services that are commercially available and based on the ‘user-pay’ principle are also excluded from these projects. Functions conducted under the auspices of Milk SA must be of true collective interest and unquestionably required to enhance the dairy industry’s competitiveness.
The MPO Dairy Qualification
The Dairy Occupational Qualification (Dairy Farm Supervisor and Dairy Unit Manager) was registered with QCTO. While MPO awaits registration as Skills Development Provider (SDP) (with QCTO), the relevant 13 modules are presented under the "MPO Dairy Qualification", which is available on-line as a self-study option:
Module 1: South African dairy farming environment
The Dairyman Qualification for the secondary industry sector
The Dairyman qualification was registered with QCTO as 10 discreet qualifications, namely:
The registration (with QCTO) of learnerships for all above dairy specific discreet qualifications and the institution of grant policies and systems for these qualifications were outstanding, after which the legacy qualifications could be discontinued.
In addition to the Dairyman ‘family of qualifications’ two further qualifications have been developed in replacement of existing legacy qualifications.
The first is affectionately called the ‘Milk Reception Operator’ qualification, though it has been re-titled twice by the authorities in the process of consideration and approval. The major outputs contained in this qualification cater for the evaluation of bulk tanker milk for acceptance prior to off-loading; and the off-loading and storage of approved raw milk at the milk reception facility of a factory. Implicit in the skills covered are cleaning and sanitizing of the milk reception facility and tanker with dedicated cleaning and sanitizing processes and equipment, whether manual or automated.
Secondly, a qualification for the Dairy Product Laboratory Analyst was developed - much aligned to the Dairyman range of qualifications - in that it is designed as eight discreet qualifications with some overlap. The basics of mathematics, physics, chemistry and microbiology form the overlap, whereas product-specific analyses present the specialization. The outputs boil down to determination of the composition and safety for consumption of products.
Both the above qualifications have been submitted for approval and registration, but the outcomes of this process have not been finalized. Early comments were received from the authorities that the designs were acceptable and deemed to be occupationally directed.
Project Manager (Primary Industry Sector):
Project Manager (Secondary Industry Sector):