The Education Story

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.
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At a more fundamental level, PAMSA and PRASA have also embarked on programmes aimed at primary school learners.

  • PRINTABLE CURRICULUM MATERIAL: PRASA’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 educational content supports sustainability and recycling, both of which feature in the Department of Education’s Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS).
Photo: SABDC/National Book Week 2015
Photo: SABDC/National Book Week 2015

Short courses

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
Photo: Sappi
Photo: Sappi
Photo: Mondi
Photo: Mondi