Regular training on environmental law requirements and SIZA environmental standards are essential, especially with SIZA membership growing at a fast pace and where new members are concerned. With SIZA Environmental being considered new, it is important that members receive training on all aspects (SAQ’s, Standards and Audits) of the Environmental Module, as this will give producers enough information about what to expect. In 2018 the main focus of the workshops was to create awareness of the program and to assist the producers to better understand the Environmental Standard and how to complete the Self-Assessment Questionnaire.
For 2019, SIZA Environmental Workshops will be rolled out on base (farm worker) and producer level. Base level training will be provided to farm workers about the basics of environmental stewardship and for the producers the focus will be more on the implementation of the SIZA Environmental Standard and what is being recognised as good practices across the following four cornerstones of the Environmental Standard:
The following main objectives for SIZA and the Second-party verification have been identified:
COMPETENCY GUIDELINES FOR TRAINING COMPANIES SEEKING SIZA RECOGNITION
SIZA is committed to establishing processes to ensure that monitoring and measurement of the SIZA Code is carried out in accordance with the SIZA Standard. Trainers and consultants must be competent, have the necessary agricultural knowledge and display the required interpersonal and vocational training skills. If you would like to be recognised by SIZA as a trainer/training company or consultant/consulting company that offers consultancy services to producers/farms, you have to comply with the SIZA specified criteria.