An example of this is the End User Computing Project for the migration to Windows 7 within the Customer environment. This project provided APP with the ideal platform to execute on our commitment. In the execution of this project, APP utilised engineers from the region where the services were required as opposed to utilising engineers from Gauteng. The minimum skillset for the engineers was A+ and N+ and the engineers were provided with all the training and support required to execute tasks effectively.
This project allowed APP to develop individuals from the various regions, empowering them with the experience to allow them the opportunity to pursue additional work within the region. This ensured that APP met the commitments to the National Development Plan - in terms of localisation of skills and employing individuals from the location within which the service was required.
98% of all engineers recruited for this project fall under the category of Historically Disadvantaged Individuals (designated as Black under the BBBEE
As part of our ramp up process, APP also recruited trainee engineers and data capturers on an internship basis. These individuals possessed limited skills and experience and were given the opportunity to gain experience by working on this project.
Training was provided for both the technical as well as soft skill requirements for the successful execution of this service. 100% of all interns recruited fall under the category of Historically Disadvantaged Individuals (designated as Black under the BBBEE codes). This is APP’s contribution to the development and sustainability of South Africa.
In addition, during the project, APP hand selected engineers and developed them into Team Leaders. These engineers have been equipped with the skillsets and experience to manage teams of people and work at a junior management level. All engineers selected or Team Leader development fall under the category of Historically Disadvantaged Individuals (designated as Black under the BBBEE codes).
Of particular relevance is equity held by ‘black’ South Africans in APP. The underlying ethic is not only to provide a highly professional service, but also to promote a truly transformative and empowering organisation.