Enabling business growth through skills development

Front: Jabu Mkhize, Robert Makhubedu, Themba Lekgau. Back: Zander VIsser, Kallie van Staden, Mias van der Heever (Technical Trainer), Lucas Pilusa, Robert Mtata.

Cargo Carriers sees opening doors for individuals as creating opportunities for the company to flourish.

South Africa’s skills crisis has been exacerbated by the closure of traditional training facilities. The result is a large technical skills gap that impacts the wider logistics industry when it comes to sourcing suitable skills and resources.

Logistics and supply chain services provider Cargo Carriers has identified training as key to organisational competitiveness. The company experiences dramatic growth, but acknowledges that it brings with it the challenges of maintaining service standards and capacity. These are being met through the company’s active training and transformation programme.

“Two years ago we identified growth as our biggest challenge,” says Murray Bolton, joint CEO of Cargo Carriers. “We decided to focus on transformation and training to strengthen our competitiveness while increasing capacity.

“We believe in recognising good performance. Performance appraisals are undertaken twice yearly for all employees to ensure improvement and development.“

Internal training, such as defensive driving and in-cab assessments, is done annually and is constantly reviewed and updated to ensure that drivers are aware of the changes in legislation and all aspects of their responsibilities.

While Cargo Carriers believes in creating opportunity for staff and positioning itself as an employer of choice in the industry, the company appreciates its role in bringing previously disadvantaged individuals into the mainstream economy. Various training programmes have been created to achieve this.

The opening of Cargo Carriers’ R1 million training centre in Sasolburg is the culmination of the company’s firm commitment to safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) policies. The centre will accommodate about 20 students each year.

There is no doubt that, in recognising the skills shortage within the transport and logistics industry, particularly with respect to drivers and technical staff, Cargo Carriers is positively contributing to sustaining and improving the availability of these scarce resources.

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