Pulp and papermaking is a specialist field of chemical engineering involving the study of processes required for converting raw materials such as wood into pulp and paper products.
A career in pulp and paper involves a wide variety of experience and skills, and people wishing to pursue this avenue must have a basic knowledge of chemistry and physics and an aptitude for logical problem solving.
To ensure that there is an adequately trained pipeline of talent for the industry, PAMSA has adopted a multi-faceted, industry-wide strategy in education, training and research which covers a broad spectrum of projects:
- PAMSA-led tertiary education and training support projects with university and TVET colleges encompassing, among other things, in-service training, capacity building at TVET colleges, and learner tutoring in line with industry’s education and training needs.
- Pulp and paper qualification development for tertiary institutions.
- Representation of PAMSA’s member companies on the Education Committee to ensure that initiatives address industry needs.
- Through the PAMSA’s Process Research Unit (PRU), members invest in pre-competitive research and innovation carried out by Masters and PhD students in partnership with a number of South African universities and tertiary institutions.
At a more fundamental level, PAMSA and RecyclePaperZA have also embarked on programmes aimed at primary school learners.
- PRINTABLE CURRICULUM MATERIAL: RecyclePaperZA’s paper recycling curriculum project is aimed at learners in foundation and intersenior phases in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education and e-Classroom.co.za.
- READING AND LITERACY DEVELOPMENT: PAMSA is a members of the South African Book Development Council, which seeks to improve access to books, literacy improvement and improving the availability of reading material in indigenous languages. One of its flagship annual events is South Africa’s National Book Week.
PAMSA also offers a number of short courses on request which can be tailor-made for specific mill requirements.
- Resource efficiency and cleaner production
- Cleaner production focusing on energy
- Hands-on pulp and papermaking
- Wet end chemistry
- Refining basics
- High yield pulping
- Water and effluent treatment