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Investing in Local Talent: Building a Skilled Logistics Workforce

Logistics skills development programmes are an evolving requirement for the workforce across Africa. Unitrans builds and develops a skilled transport workforce through a range of skills development programmes.

Logistics and a skilled workforce

Across the logistics sector, skilled workers drive efficiency, ensuring smooth supply chain operations. A competent workforce is crucial for adapting to logistical challenges, and ensuring customer satisfaction. It’s through their skilled workforce’s proficiency that Unitrans is a recognised provider of effective and reliable integrated operational services and solutions across Sub-Saharan Africa. With specialised skills, the Unitrans team ensures timely deliveries and efficient operations, consistently delivering on and exceeding customer expectations. A skilled workforce minimises errors, ensuring cost-effective and streamlined operations. Continuous training fosters a culture of adaptability, which is crucial in a logistics sector that has unique challenges and is quickly adopting innovative technologies.

Unitrans commits to investing in local talent

It’s through the Power of Doing that Unitrans commits to investing in local talent. As a Top Employer in South Africa, Unitrans has been recognised as a leader in skills development for the logistics sector. Training programmes include flourishing Graduate and Learnership Programmes, and an Owner-Driver Programme. The Owner-Driver Programme moves beyond the typical approach of enhancing driver skills, and extends towards fostering entrepreneurship within the driver community.

Strategic skills development initiatives

Throughout its continent-wide footprint, Unitrans provides tailored professional development opportunities for its full workforce. The UniDrive Academy offers quality training to encourage and enable driver excellence. The programme supports new and experienced drivers in understanding their roles and potential long-term growth. Training programmes emphasise skills development, knowledge enhancement, and encourage a drive towards excellence along the physical and professional journeys that drivers undertake. Sector-specific training programmes, such as the mining safety and health programmes ensure enhanced safety and employee well-being through best practice implementation and regulatory compliance. Upskilling and learning programmes focused on the adoption of innovative technologies further enable professional development while enhancing Unitrans’ operations.

Long-term vision and commitment

The Unitrans business regularly celebrates Long Service Awards, highlighting one of its key differentiators, as the company commits to its employees for the long-term. Unitrans doesn’t simply hire to fill positions – Unitrans hires for the ‘long haul’, figuratively and literally. Hiring the right people who possess a growth mindset, is matched by a company-wide commitment towards enabling true professional and personal development. With clear career trajectories and growth opportunities charted out for Unitrans staff members, it’s no surprise that many of the company’s staff have been with Unitrans for more than 25 years.

Unitrans understands that long-term commitment works both ways, and this mutual commitment is reflected in the ever-growing group of Unitrans’ people awarded Long Service Awards. Moreover, experienced and skilled team members are involved in active knowledge transfer programmes, whereby expertise is never lost. Expertise is easily passed on, as new recruits learn their way around new opportunities when joining the Unitrans team.

Building a Skilled Logistics Workforce

Unitrans’ focus on “Building a Skilled Logistics Workforce” is not just a strategy; it’s a cornerstone of its business philosophy. This approach has established Unitrans as a leader in the logistics sector in Sub-Saharan Africa, setting a benchmark in operational efficiency and continuous growth. Through its commitment to its people, Unitrans is shaping the future of logistics.