The Group has embarked on extensive skills development initiatives which include Learnership, Apprenticeship and Management Development Programmes. These programmes focus on the upskilling of staff as well as unemployed learners in order to increase productivity and know-how in the business and have been a major priority for the past two years and will be for the next three years.
The Group’s Skills Development strategy, a sub-component of the Group’s B-BBEE strategy covered various skills development initiatives over the reporting period, including but not limited to Learnerships, Apprenticeships and Internships for both employed leaners and unemployed learners. In the interest of diversity, the Group’s Skills Development strategy included both able-bodied and disabled learners mirroring the Economic Active Population demographics of the country participated in skills development programmes.
During the financial year ended 30 June 2017, 23% (2016: 33%) of Super Group’s staff received training. Training programmes included, amongst others, the following – Automotive Apprenticeships, Learnerships in Business Practice, Freight Handling, Call Centre and Professional Driving courses and programmes. Twenty-five unemployed Black learners as well as 10 disabled Black ladies were recruited to participate in learnership programmes this past year and we expect that most of these learners would be absorbed into the business upon completion of their respective training programmes. During the financial year ended 30 June 2017, the Group invested more than 5% of its payroll cost on staff skills development.
The Group will continue to develop and promote Black staff through its development programmes and on-the-job training. The Group recognises that there is strength in diversity and that this will contribute towards a successful organisation in the future.
The value of goods and services from suppliers who are accredited B-BBEE Level 3 Contributors and better was 51.5% (2016: 70.1%) of the Group’s total spend.