Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is driving the creation of employment opportunities for the youth through its innovative and far-reaching Skills Development and Learnership programs, with more than R250-million spent on training initiatives since 2014.
During this period, over 1 500 learners have been trained at Ford’s Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria and the Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth.
Ford’s extensive training programs cater for both employed and unemployed individuals through apprenticeships, learnerships, experiential training, graduates and bursaries. The company also has a dedicated training program for People with Disabilities, giving them a solid grounding to enter a highly competitive job market – an initiative for which it won the Diversity and Inclusion category at the inaugural Africa Employee Engagement Awards.
“Ford is committed and motivated to make a direct impact on the lives of the communities in which we operate, providing the youth with a means to find better employment opportunities by obtaining formal training and qualifications,” said Pamela Xaba, Ford South Africa’s HR Director.
“Through the various training programs, we are able to create a pool of qualified and employable individuals that are considered for employment within our current workforce,” Xaba added. “We measure our return on investment by the number of individuals that are employed by Ford on completion of their training, and we are extremely proud that we have an employment rate of 70 percent.”
“Our dedicated training teams have worked hard to improve our trade test pass rate, and we are delighted that we currently have a trade qualification pass rate of around 80 percent,” said Xaba.
Learners and graduates not directly employed by Ford are able to enter the job market with a valuable skill set and formal qualifications, empowering them to contribute to the local economy in the formal business sector or create new opportunities as entrepreneurs.
FMCSA also has a partnership with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and is an accredited training office for aspiring chartered accountants, ensuring that graduates receive hands-on business experience in financial management, taxation, internal auditing, risk management and corporate governance.
Ford Motor Company has been successful in attaining nearly full points for BBBEE Skills Development through correctly aligned Learning and Development strategies. Ford is constantly striving to improve employee training in order to achieve optimal success and advancement of the youth in our country through our company and government partnerships.