Waitrose Foundation At Work

Developing leaders through Worker Committee training programmes

July 2022

Education and Skills Development one of the Waitrose Foundation's four key focus areas in our endeavours to improve the standards of living of agri-workers employed by Waitrose’s Grower supply partners in Southern Africa.

The empowerment of agri-worker communities through Education and Training is extremely important to enhance their competencies, improve productivity, increase their income potential and enhance career prospects. Examples of Projects include crèches and partial care centres, teacher training and support, adult skills development programmes, ABET programmes and Emerging Farmer Support programmes.

Regular training sessions are held across Southern Africa and after one of our recent workshops for partial care facilitators in the Western Cape, we received these photos from Rupert Erasmus, Manager at Lushof farm in the Saron district. The photos were taken at a feedback session by Charlene (who attended the training) with Lushof's worker committee where she had the opportunity to share about the impact the training had on her and what new skills she acquired. It is very encouraging for us to know that training outcomes are shared in this way and that there is support and accountability in how each participant's learning is put into practice on the farm.