THE Commercial Transport Academy (CTA) has secured funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to launch a programme in South Africa for women in transport-related businesses.
Women completing the Candidacy Programme will earn a qualification which is recognised worldwide.
The (CTA) has collaborated with USAID and global body, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), to design and implement a training course that it says will inspire women to improve their knowledge, learn new skills, and advance their management and leadership abilities.
“The transport sector is one of the least gender representative sectors in South Africa,” said CTA Founder Nicci Scott. “The number of women employed in the freight industry for example is as low as 18% and less than 10% are employed in management positions. This needs to change.
“The Candidacy Programme, specifically designed for women, aims to prepare them for career growth and leadership opportunities, through both practical and theoretical learning.”
The CTA is inviting employers to enrol two women working in junior or middle management positions onto the eight-month programme. A total of 44 employed women will be accepted for phase one of the Programme and 120 women will be trained over three years.
Successful candidates will be awarded the CILT International Diploma in Logistics and Transport.
The CILT Candidacy Programme is an e-learning programme that includes a mentorship component. “We focus strongly on skills development and capacity building,” said Scott.
“The mentors are carefully selected and are skilled members of industry and/or subject matter experts. Our aim is to train and mentor women in the industry to make a positive contribution, develop and nurture a talent pipeline for the industry and to drive change in industry through diversity”.
The programme will start on 1 June 2021. It is open to employed women who have a matric, are a South African citizen, and who are currently employed in a junior or middle management role in logistics, transport, supply chain and/or warehousing/operations role, with a minimum of four years’ working experience.
Whilst all costs for tuition, assessment, graduation and certification, will be borne by the funds from USAID, employers will need to contribute R8 000 towards the total cost of the programme. Employees based outside of Johannesburg should be sponsored a flight to attend their graduation by their employer.