Engineering firm AECOM has received Level 1 B-BBEE status. The company’s Managing Director, Joe Ndala, says this is affirmation of AECOM’s ongoing commitment to transformation, focusing on equity ownership and employment equity, skills development, supplier development, procurement, and socio-economic development.

“On a national level, a Level 1 B-BBEE accreditation has a positive impact, as it supports governmental initiatives for transformation. Commercially, it provides advantages in terms of brand awareness, business development, and client relationships,” he says.

Joe NdalaNdala asdds that AECOM has implemented outcome-based programmes to improve and achieve its transformation objectives, including a learnership programme aimed at people with disabilities and the Project Engage supplier development programme. Project Engage aims to create a live and interactive robust learning environment allowing representatives from AECOM’s black-owned- Exempted Micro Enterprises (EME) and Qualifying Small Enterprises (QSE) participate in learning objectives.

The AECOM Educational Trust, the company’s disabled learnership programme, recently saw 27 successful graduates. The learners were each awarded a certificate for completing the NQF Level 2 in Business Administration from Skills College. “Our investment in this programme not only shows that AECOM is committed to South Africa, but that we are determined to make a difference in local communities,” Ndala says.

The disabled learnership programme started in 2016, with the initial intake of 29 learners all graduating successfully. A third intake is currently completing NQF Level 3 in Business Administration, and is expected to graduate this year.


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