Following on from the FPEF’s vision of transformation through training, the Top of the Class (TOC) and Leadership and Mentorship (L&M) Programmes are initiatives aimed at developing the skills and knowledge of employees throughout the value chain as well as empowering young leaders in the agricultural sector.
Top of the Class (TOC) is a well-known training programme for the fruit industry, initiated by the FPEF more than ten years ago. Intended for farm and pack house workers, as well as existing and emerging exporters, the TOC Programme focuses on all the elements of the fresh fruit supply chain – from harvest to home. The levels are available as follows – basic, intermediate and advanced.
The focus of the Leadership and Mentorship (L&M) Programme is to provide opportunities for employees, especially previously disadvantaged ones, to be promoted into positions of leadership. At the same time, the project aims to improve the capacity of employees who already fill leadership positions. The programme ultimately intends to change the leadership profile on South African fruit farms, pack houses and exporting companies, so it can reflect race and gender in a more equal manner.
To read more about the TOC and L&M Programme, download the information leaflet here.