Programme equips students extensively

2017-12-13 06:02

THE Supply Chain Academy (SA), a private further education institution in Pietermaritzburg, and the Isebandla Young Professionals Empowerment NPO, after extensive engagements with universities and student associations regarding issues of unemployment or the lack of adequate employment thereof, has devised a graduate programme that provides students with work exposure and equips them with skills, practical tools and knowledge through the MCIPS graduates
progression programme (MCIPS GPP).

Forty KZN graduates have been recruited as beneficiaries of this programme.

The academy is the only professional education and training institution that is globally and locally accredited by CIPS (UK) and Seta-Teta (South Africa) offering professional education (qualifications and courses) and corporate training in supply chain management – a profession with many career opportunities globally.

The MCIPS GPP is a partially sponsored, accelerated and integrated programme by The Supply Chain Academy in a form of free tuition for unemployed Supply Chain & Marketing graduates to study towards a MCIPS professional licence­ over 18 to 24 months.

During this time graduates will receive work exposure in administration functions, finance, procurement, HR and general marketing, and be awarded with an MCIPS, NQF level 8 equivalent on completion.

“In light of this, Isebandla Young Professionals Empowerment (YPE) NPO asks corporates in KZN and nationally for any kind of support of this programme to empower unemployed graduates.

“Support could be financial to cover international exam fees and training material and/or membership fees and absorbing some of the graduates through graduate programmes.

“Internships and other possible employment opportunities will be appreciated so that our unemployed graduates and young people can further their studies, while accumulating work experience through the MCIPS Graduate Progression Programme,” Isebandla secretary general Thulani Sithole said.

He said Isebandla YPE and The Supply Chain Academy (SA) believe the MCIPS GPP initiative will equip youth with greatness and boost their confidence in the job market while advocating for more CIPS certified Supply Chain Management professionals in South Africa after they’ve completed the programme.

“There’s been an excess job market demand for supply chain management professionals in South Africa and beyond.

“This therefore, calls for more young people to consider the supply chain management profession as a career choice after matric,” Sithole said.


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