Bridging the gap in the supply-chain sector

2016-02-03 06:00
PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese From the Supply Chain Academy in Pietermaritzburg (from left) Charles Seerane, Baxolele Majikijela and Mxolisi Zulu.

PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese From the Supply Chain Academy in Pietermaritzburg (from left) Charles Seerane, Baxolele Majikijela and Mxolisi Zulu.

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TO address the gap of the shortage of black people who are qualified within the supply chain sector, the Supply Chain Academy (SCA) in Pietermaritzburg is offering learnerships to 250 matric pupils with a passion for the industry.

The academy, the first of its kind in the province, was established last year by a group of young people who want it to be a hub of excellence and training for aspiring supply chain professionals.

Apart from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, it is the only institution that offers Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply modules on a full-time basis. Marketing manager of SCA, Baxolele Majikijela said they have partnered with the Institute for Quality and Skills Education Training Authorities (Seta) to offer these learnerships, equivalent to NQF level 5, for 12 months.

“The aim is to uplift young matriculants­, but who cannot afford to go to tertiary institutions.

“They will not only learn theory, they will be given experiential learning , so that by the time they finish they know what the environment entails. We are calling young people with an interest in the sector to make applications early as space is limited. We want to improve the productivity of supply chain through training and development,” said Majikijela.

Senior lecturer Charles Seerane said they are looking at partnering with other people in the industry, as they want to expand the institution to other faculties. For more information, download application forms at

Once the quota is full, applications will close. First preference will be given to pupils with commercial subjects.

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