Tuks students excel in supply chain management practical assignment
Students from the Department of Business Management at the University of Pretoria (UP) were congratulated at a recent awards ceremony hosted by the Department and Bramhope Group, one of UP’s partners in student development and a company dedicated to transferring skills to the workplace through its student development programme.
Bramhope developed and facilitated a practical assignment that third-year students from the Faculty had to complete within a given time frame and within certain specifications relevant to current best practice in supply chain management. Students worked in small groups and were required to develop a national sourcing strategy that effectively measures and optimises Bramhope’s local economic impact through a sustainable local supply chain. The three teams that achieved highest marks were announced during an award ceremony held on 10 November 2016.
“We are all aware of the serious challenges that higher education in South Africa is facing, however we at Bramhope remain positive and focussed on our goal – and that is to form successful partnerships with tertiary institutions in order to assist with student development through practical skills development programmes. We invest a lot of time and money in our development programmes because we have seen the positive impact our involvement has made in the lives of young and upcoming professionals,” says Isak Marais, CEO of Bramhope Group.
Apart from its student development programme at UP, Bramhope is also joining forces with the University of Johannesburg (UJ), Kedge Business School in France and the University of Hull in the UK. “We find that universities are really eager to partner with businesses. In a world where jobs are scarce and government funding is constrained, universities not only have to find new sources of revenue, but also new avenues to foster innovation,” adds Marais.
Bramhope was recently announced as one of the top three most innovative companies in SA – rated by the annual Accenture Innovation Index. “Innovation is part of our culture. We incorporate it into everything we do. Thus, innovation also plays a big part in our student development programme and we believe it to be of utmost importance to expose students to innovative thinking. Tomorrow’s innovations will come from today’s young minds,” says Marais.
“This is not only a win-win partnership for both UP and Bramhope, but also for our students. The value they gain from practical industry-related experience, contact with real businesses and their leaders who operate successfully within their future industries of employment, are invaluable,” says Fani Jojozi, Lecturer in Supply Chain Management at the Department of Business Management.
Bramhope’s student development programme does not stop at this level. The company also runs an internship programme, focussed on providing students with the opportunity to complete an internship at Bramhope where they will gain further practical experience, confidence, life skills as well as long-term career-building opportunities.
“Working with companies such as Bramhope Group, our students have a far better chance of securing a ‘dream job’. It also helps us as an University to better understand exactly what industry requires of its future workforce. We then apply this knowledge to ensure our courses are in line with what industry expects and demands from its future workforce,” adds Jojozi.
“We want to ensure that our graduates are well prepared for applying their knowledge and skills in the real world. This Department of Business Management aims to stay closely connected to what is going on in the business world and what it is that this world requires a young business professional to be in terms of capabilities. We are proud of our students and confident that their future as young successful business management professionals will be bright.”