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Imperial addresses logistics industry skills shortage 15 July 2015

Introduces more opportunities for graduates and local government partnerships

Imperial Logistics has added impetus to its drive to address South Africa’s skills deficit and youth unemployment by extending the reach of its graduate development programme and partnering with local government and TETA (Transport Education Training Authority) in new workplace experience programmes.

The Group’s graduate development programme previously focused on honours and degree students from traditional universities, and was primarily pitched at a junior management level. The Company has realised, however, that they were missing the opportunity to reach another group of individuals who can add great value to the Company, and whose training and development can help to address the country’s critical skills gap.

By partnering with the Universities of Technology and FET Colleges, Imperial is reaching graduates who may have a non-degree qualification, but who can fill important operational positions across a range of levels in the organisation.

Imperial’s graduate development programme provides graduates with relevant on-the-job experience and exposure through job rotation, work assignments and special projects. Opportunities are offered to graduates in disciplines that include logistics and supply chain, industrial engineering, IT, human resources and CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). As a CIMA accredited partner, Imperial is able to offer training to CIMA students.

In addition to extending its graduate development programme, the Imperial Logistics Academy the group’s dedicated training facility has also entered into partnerships with the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and TETA (Transport Education Training Authority) that have this year provided internship opportunities for 143 young South Africans.

Imperial’s TETA funded project last year saw 45 interns gain invaluable workplace experience. Earlier this year, 100 new interns joined the programme.

Imperial’s bursary programme is another way in which the organisation is helping to address the skills shortage. It is offered to second year students who are excelling academically. In 2014, Imperial had 15 bursars, and of these, eight have now been employed in the group and the remainder are continuing their studies.

The Imperial Logistics Academy is based in Germiston, Gauteng In addition to enabling graduates to enter the supply chain and logistics industry through graduate development and learnership programmes, it provides customised, integrated training and development that is aligned with national qualifications, as well as practical short courses to address employees’ specific skills development and career advancement needs.