SIZA has recognised a need to build capacity that will support producers and workers with the implementation of the SIZA Standard. The SIZA programme did this by developing and implementing a capacity-building programme which aimed to drive sustained improvement of working conditions on all farms, including smallholders. The programme do this by building capacity within existing industry structures and programmes that already provide support to producers and workers. The SIZA Standard includes rules and guidelines on agricultural sites in South Africa that concern worker health and safety, non-discrimination, freedom of association, workplace working hours, general working conditions, freedom to choose employment, child labour, and management systems to ensure effective implementation of legal requirements. 

The Capacity-building programme was implemented through a train-the-trainer programme for expert Training Service Providers (TSPs) who are recognised by SIZA to provide appropriate subsidised training of regional Ethical Trade Facilitators (ETFs) at two levels: 

  1. Intermediate level for growers and their site administrators, labour organisers, NGOs, government extension officers, smallholders;
  2. Basic Level targeting workers, supervisors


Funding for SIZA workshops.

SIZA tried to secure funding annually for the roll out of its capacity-building programmes throughout provinces in South Africa.  If funding is not available standard training fees will apply.

To obtain more information or to request training please contact the SIZA office at


Competency Guideline for Independent Trainers / Consultants who want to be recognised by SIZA

SIZA is committed to establishing processes to ensure that monitoring and measurement of the SIZA Code are carried out in a manner that is consistent with the SIZA Standard.  If you would like to be recognised by SIZA as a trainer (or training company) or a consultant (company that offers consultancy services) you must comply with the specified criteria in the attached document:

SIZA Independant Training and Consultancy Guidelines Oct 2017_ed

Course content 

Courses can be tailored to meet the needs of different sites. The content of the course includes:

  • Understanding the SIZA programme
  • Responsibilities of the Ethical Trade Facilitator in the SIZA programme
  • Benefits of the SIZA programme
  • Understanding the 8 principles of the SIZA standard (includes policies and procedures)
  • Corrective actions and Improvement plans
  • Self-assessments
  • Audit preparation and process
  • Managing risk
  • Root cause analysis
  • Closing off non-compliances
  • Awareness raising and Capacity-building programmes on-site
  • How to use the SIZA toolkits / Platform

How long is an Ethical Trade Facilitator workshop?

A standard Ethical Trade Facilitator course is two days but courses can be tailored to meet the needs of sites.