Accra Brewery and Voltic Place Premium on Employee Training
19 February 2013
January 17, 2013 - Ghana’s Premier brewery Accra Brewery Limited and Voltic Gh Ltd continue to place a high premium on the training and skills development of their employees. The two companies have within the past year spent over 1,000,000 Ghana Cedis on various types of training and skills acquisition programmes for its employees.
In their quest to ensure that there is a regular pool of well trained and skilled technical and engineering personnel, ABL and Voltic have struck a partnership with the Engineering Training Centre of mining firm, AngloGold Ashanti (AGA), to offer practical engineering training to their artisans and apprentices.
The Apprenticeship Training and Artisans Development programmes being run by the AngloGold Ashanti Engineering Training Centre and certified by City and Guilds has so far trained 10 middle level technical and engineering employees from ABL and Voltic Gh Ltd. The two programmes cover one- and three-year periods, respectively. Currently 12 artisans and 12 apprentices are undergoing further training at the centre. They include machine specialists and process artisans, among others. The beneficiaries are mostly holders of vocational and technical, as well as HND certificates.
The ABL-Voltic/AGA strategic partnership started in 2011. The objective for the introduction of these two programmes for employees of the two leading beverage and water manufacturing companies in Ghana is to enhance their technical skills and reduce maintenance costs, as well as improve productivity.
As a means of broadening the scope of the training being offered and also to make it more relevant to the needs of ABL and Voltic, the leadership of the Anglogold Ashanti Engineering Training Centre have visited the Accra plants of ABL and Voltic Gh Ltd to acquaint themselves with the plants and equipment being used by the two companies. This first-hand knowledge, according to the head of the centre, Mr Joseph Amponsah, “will enable us to offer tailor-made skills training and delivery to the trainees, who seem very eager to learn new ideas and principles within their areas of expertise. This visit is a major eye-opener, as it will further enhance the nature of practical assignments for the trainees from ABL and Voltic.”
Director of Human Resource at ABL/Voltic, Mr Akature Ania, believes the two training programmes have had very significant impacts on the operations of the two firms, indicating that “for close to two years, we have noticed a drastic reduction in maintenance costs while the quality of our maintenance culture has also improved. Our decision to inject over 300,000 Ghana Cedis in this venture is paying off quite well.”
Mr Ania added, “this training initiative cuts across all our operational areas in Africa and indicates our resolve to close the huge gap between demand and supply of well-trained and skilled technical and engineering human resources”.
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About Accra Brewery Limited (A subsidiary of SABMiller plc)
Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), originally known as Overseas Breweries Limited, was established in 1931, becoming the first brewery in the then Gold Coast. In 1975, the locally registered Accra Brewery Limited acquired Overseas Breweries assets.
Today, Accra Brewery Limited is a public company engaged in the manufacture, marketing and distribution of beer, sparkling soft drinks and non-alcoholic malt beverages. Its flagship brand is the iconic Club Premium Lager, which has been a part of every single milestone in Ghana’s history since 1931. ABL’s other brands are Club Gold Export Lager, Castle Milk Stout, Stone Strong Lager, Chairman Malt Liquor, Club Shandy, Redd’s Fruit Fusion, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Chibuku Shake Shake, Castle Milk Malt, Club Cola, Club Muscatella, Club Orange, Club Soda and Club Quinine Tonic.
As a subsidiary of SABMiller Plc, ABL understands that its profitability depends on healthy communities, growing economies and the responsible use of scarce natural resources. These issues are therefore integrated into the business through SABMiller’s 10 sustainable development priorities.
ABL’s mission is to own and nurture local and international brands that are the first choice of consumers and customers in Ghana.
About Voltic (GH) Limited (A subsidiary of SABMiller plc)
Voltic (GH) Limited, a business engaged in the bottling and distribution of Voltic Natural Mineral Water and other non-alcoholic beverages was established in 1995 with one facility at Medie. The Company’s aim was to compete with imported Mineral waters which were predominant in the Ghanaian market at the time. With the company’s commitment to quality and excellence, within three years after inception it went on to command a 65% market share in the Ghanaian mineral water market.
In 2008 Voltic installed another bottling facility at Nyame Ani in the Ashanti Region and another in Achimota for filling dispenser jars. Subsequently, as part of its backward integration plans, a plant was installed in Nsawam to produce the plastic performs that are used in Voltic’s bottling plants. This brings the total number of Voltic’s facilities to four in various locations in the country. In January 2009, Voltic (GH) Ltd became a subsidiary of SABMiller Plc.
As a unique brand that has remained the market leader for the past 17 years, Voltic has become a generic name for mineral and bottled water in Ghana. It has acquired this profile by providing world-class products known for their good quality and pure natural freshness. Voltic aims to strengthen its market leadership by constantly enhancing the excellence of its products through a process of continuous reinvestment and innovative manufacturing and marketing strategies.
About SABMiller plc
SABMiller plc is one of the world’s leading brewers with more than 200 beer brands and some 70,000 employees in over 75 countries. The group’s portfolio includes global brands such as Pilsner Urquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft and Grolsch; as well as leading local brands such as Aguila (Colombia), Castle (South Africa), Miller Lite (USA), Snow (China), Victoria Bitter (Australia) and Tyskie (Poland). SABMiller also has growing soft drinks businesses and is one of the world’s largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products.
In the year ended 31 March 2012 the group reported EBITA of US$5,634 million and group revenue of US$31,388 million. SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.
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