Kyocera addresses industry skills shortage through its support towards the Potters House Training Centre

Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa recently hosted its 12th Potters House Graduation ceremony.

Johannesburg, 06 Dec 2018
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Potters House graduation ceremony 2018 at Kyocera Document Solutions SA.
Potters House graduation ceremony 2018 at Kyocera Document Solutions SA.

Technical and vocational skills are an important commodity in a skills-scarce environment like South Africa. These skills will be more coveted due to increased automation and work being designed around technology.

Moreover, access to university education is challenging, and practical, focused skills training is a viable way to secure employment and increase household income. An article in Skills Portal adds that by making training and skills development programmes such as learnerships, artisan courses, short courses and workplace training available, it assists with breaking the cycle of poverty.

"Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa (KDZA) is part of this job evolution, with our hi-tech automation solutions. But no matter the level of automation and technological change, we'll always need human technicians to fix and maintain our machines," says Werner Engelbrecht, Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa's General Manager.

It's for these reasons that Kyocera partnered with vocational non-profit training provider Potters House Training Centre in Soweto 12 years ago and it is also why we've focused our CSI responsibilities on upskilling disadvantaged people in concrete and vocational ways. In particular, KDZA supports the xerography training programme through the provision of equipment and consumables required for the training programme. This programme effectively equips students to repair office automation equipment and, on completion, students are able to enter the IT/office automation industry job market.

KDZA recently hosted its 12th Potters House Graduation ceremony, honouring 29 students. The top achiever award went to Bafana Solly Mathebula, and KDZA Software Product Manager Jean-Pierre Lourens was the guest speaker, who spoke inspirationally about the future being what one makes of it. The graduates then toured the KDZA building and networked with the Kyocera team.

Said Solly Mathebula: "I learnt so much about the copier industry, and gained invaluable 'soft skills', like time management and paying and attention to detail."

Said Engelbrecht: "KDZA's corporate social responsibility investment is a strategic one, tackling the facets of skills shortages in our industry, which in turn tackles community poverty. We hope to celebrate with our graduates for many years to come."

Since the programme's inception, around 240 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds have been through the training programme.

KYOCERA Document Solutions South Africa

Headquartered in Midrand, Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa is a country level subsidiary of Kyocera Document Solutions and is responsible for the sales and marketing of Kyocera printers and document solutions throughout southern Africa.

Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa is renowned for its tailor-made document solutions that provide a perfect blend of premium products, software solutions and professional services that increase an organisation's workflow efficiency, enhance employee productivity, minimise environmental impact and significantly reduce operating costs.

The company offers world-class monochrome and colour printers, multifunctional products, parts and supplies, as well as software solutions.

A key differentiator for the Kyocera brand is the primary focus on overall value as opposed to only considering the initial acquisition price. Its solutions portfolio and Managed Document Services division help customers to reduce costs and environmental impact, at the same time as improving the efficiency and reliability of common business processes.

Kyocera Document Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera Corporation, which is a leading manufacturer of hi-tech ceramics, electronic components, solar cells and electronic office equipment.

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KYOCERA Document Solutions

KYOCERA Document Solutions, headquartered in Osaka, Japan, is a leading manufacturer of document imaging solutions and document management systems, including colour and monochrome multifunctional products as well as printers and wide-format devices. KYOCERA's products are renowned for their unique long-life imaging components that provide greater reliability and less waste, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) over the life of the product. The KYOCERA Document Solutions portfolio does not stop at hardware. A full suite of business applications and consultative services allow customers to optimise and manage their document workflow, unleashing the full potential of their hardware investment.

KYOCERA Document Solutions is a core company of KYOCERA Corporation, the world's leading developer and manufacturer of advanced ceramics and associated products, including telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages and electronic components. During the year ended 31 March 2018, KYOCERA Corporation's net sales totalled 1 557 039 million yen (approximately EUR 12 billion). For more information and press-ready photos, visit

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