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Training provider Bosch Ulwazi is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Formed in 2009 as a subsidiary of Bosch Projects, the company was established in to mentor engineers and project managers to achieve professional registration with regulatory bodies. Today, Bosch Ulwazi provides a range of technical skills solutions to public and corporate clients that employ graduate engineers, technologists and project managers who are candidates for professional registration.

Bosch Ulwazi turns 10

Balan Govender (MD), Felicity Mostert, Tertia Reid and Sthembile Nikwe.

Bosch Ulwazi’s Managing Director, Balan Govender, explains that the company’s initial focus was purely on ensuring graduate engineers gain exposure in a structured development programme meeting the requirements of the Engineering Council of South Africa under the guidance of a professional mentor. Since then, Bosch Ulwazi has added to its offering and now provides graduate development programmes focused on engineering and project management graduates and Development of SMMEs. In addition, the company offers assistance to experienced engineers and project managers to gain their professional status, as well as learnership programmes focussing on road construction and supervision.

“Our highly-skilled team provides guidance on project and operations management, skills development and the planning and implementation of expansion strategies, in compliance with corporate governance. To date, we have developed 78 emerging enterprises in South Africa, which are now profitable and sustainable organisations. In fact, a few of our beneficiaries now have annual turnovers close to R50-million. We are proud that every one of our clients has received maximum points in the enterprise and supplier development categories of the BEE scorecard, in line with the Government Gazette Codes of Good Practice,” he says.

“As we celebrate a decade in business, we look forward to seeing SMMEs increase their number of employees, boost turnover, become ISO compliant and ultimately have access to procurement opportunities within the supply chain of sponsoring companies.”

He adds that the company’s Engineer-in-Training (EIT) and project management programme provides opportunities for graduate engineers and project managers to enhance their practical engineering and project management competencies, to meet the Engineering Council’s (ECSA’s) and the SACPCMP’s requirements for professional registration. Since the introduction of the EIT programme in 2010, graduates have worked on projects in South Africa, Brazil, India, Barbados, Tanzania, Swaziland, China, Oman and Kenya.

“Bosch Ulwazi’s success over 10 years can be attributed to a firm commitment to the highest standards of education and skills development. Carefully-structured needs-analysis and development plans are tailored to suit the requirements of each individual and business. The team’s hands-on, step-by-step approach and individualised support ensures that every enterprise achieves its specific milestones,” Govender says.

The company plans to expand its services to the Eastern and Western Cape and hopes to establish an ‘incubator’ in KZN to assist emerging enterprises.

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