denverHuman Resource Development
Denver Williams gives feedback to Nick Plummer on Human Resource Development within the wine industry.


NICK PLUMMER: We continue our series of interviews with WIDA Executive Manager, Denver Williams - who today wants to talk about the Human Resource Development within the wine industry. Good afternoon Denver.

DENVER WILLIAMS: This afternoon, good afternoon listeners, it’s great to be with you again this afternoon. This afternoon we are going to speak about human resource development. People all over the world speak about how important human resources are to their business and we want to give credence to this. The wine industry is a very labor-intensive industry as are many other industries within agriculture. And what we are doing at WIDA is to collaborate with our partners within the industry so that we can ensure that we have the best people available. When you speak about agriculture, especially to students they frown upon it and they think of a farm and they are just one-dimensional. At WIDA we want to show them the great careers they can have and part of that we are presenting our students, all the students out there especially those in the city, to come and join us in our industry by applying for our bursaries. We are very generous with these bursaries, because we realize that we want the best brains and because we want the best brains in the industry, we are giving away bursaries to students and we want the to participate and to contact us, we’ll give them our details later on. So that we get these best brains as I’ve said, and we develop people from the lowest level via training courses and ending up with hopefully PHD’s in the industry. Research plays a big part within our industry and we need these Maths and Physics students so that our industry can survive. It’s a very competitive industry, there are countries all over the world that makes wine, we belong to the new world wines and we have to compete against the other Northern Hemisphere countries and we need people that are passionate about wine. For this we are going out and we are going to find these brains by going to schools, doing presentations and if we don’t get to your school that’s fine, contact us, and like I said I’ll give you the details at the end of the interview, so that we have you on board. It’s very generous as I said, we look after you via a mentor as well, and we don’t just leave you out there. We have a little introductory programme that we put down so that you don’t feel lost and that you know you are important to us. That is on the one side on the student side and getting the best brains and then there are many courses out there in the industry, which we present to farmworkers; to management and also to senior management. We use some of our resources to develop. One of the programmes we have is to develop leaders; it’s called the Achievement Process. And that process is being facilitated by a professional person. Once we’ve used that, it focuses on solving problems and not just the bigger, wider iffy pictures. But the we can sit together, coming from different cultures, coming form different backgrounds, and dealing with each other on a principle matters and not dealing with each other on emotional issues. For us the is very important because we have divergent backgrounds and wine is usually seen as a continuum of two, the one “haves” and the other “have-nots” and we want to bring a that together via this process where people can speak to each other.
With human resource development the most important would be that we build relationships at the end of the day and it’s not necessary only about the economic of this whole matter.
So there are interesting times ahead of us and we are looking forward to it. Just as a concluding remark, regarding our bursaries you can contact our office on the telephone number 021 872 9181 and speak with Sally or you could email Sally, it’s This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it requesting some more information on WIDA and our bursary scheme and we’ll be glad to accommodate you from there.

NICK PLUMMER: Ok Denver, can we have that telephone number again please.

DENVER WILLIAMS: The telephone number is 021 872 9181.

NICK PLUMMER: And the email address.

DENVER WILLIAMS: And the email address, Sally – S, A, double L, Y at WIDA, W, I, D, A dot co dot za, and we look forward to having you.

NICK PLUMMER: Thank you Denver. And that concludes our second interview with WDIA Executive Manager Denver Williams, which today has been discussing how we can make the wine industry more accessible to those who don’t actually have the advantages of being able to go to university to study the wine making art.
Tomorrow we will be talking about the industrial relations and how WIDA is going to be addressing those particular issues.