A NUMBER of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) employees received awards for their participation in three in-house programmes offered by the company in East London on Friday last week.
The programmes are aimed at equipping candidates in their various positions for better workflow output. The period of study varied, with some participants having started in 2016 and 2017. “These programmes are part of our talent pipeline development strategy, especially the Management Development Programme (MDP) which aims at developing leadership competencies for candidates earmarked or with the potential of filling a managerial position,” MBSA spokesperson Refilwe Ndhlovu said.
For Freek Stout, being in the MDP was an eye-opener – even though he had to juggle work and studies.
“This programme allowed me to think bigger from a holistic point of view, looking at the business from an external perspective while taking into account environmental factors and people management skills”, Stout said. Graduates and newly-appointed entry-level candidates benefited from the Fit for Level Programmes. One such graduate, Bithun Babu, who is a human Resources administrator, started in MBSA’s Graduate Development Programme (GDP).
“I came out of this highly trained and it also sets the tone for professional and personal development. You apply what you’ve learnt within the workplace”, Babu said. A graduation trainee in Human Resources Management, Thulani Tsibulane, said the learning experience had been invaluable and is globally linked to other manufacturing plants.
“I got the opportunity to go to Germany in March to learn more about digital human resources. It really is a game-changer and empowering”, he said.
Ndhlovu said the Learnership for People Living with Disability’s purpose is to embrace diversity especially among people living with disability. Disability Learnership Production Technology graduate, Zimkhitha Ndamase enjoyed her studies immensely.
“As long as you are dedicated and use opportunities to develop yourself in the manufacturing industry, you can go far,” Ndamase said.