Crossroads announces Gen Z/Millenials Graduate Programme candidates for 2022

Logistics specialist Crossroads has announced the candidates for its 2022 Gen Z/Millennial Graduate Programme designed to invest in the future of the business. Xitsunduxo Baloyi, Lerato Malaza, Khabonina Ndhlovu, Daniel Sesink Clee and Dante Simonato were handpicked by Chief Executive Officer Arend du Preez for the Programme that engages particularly with the Gen Z and Millennials generations. More than 50 applications were received for the Programme.

The Gen Z/Millennial Programme is about fast-tracking and training potential leaders and innovators engaged with the latest advanced technology into the company, while minimising the generational divides that could exist within its workforce.

The unique programme kicks off with six weeks of intensive training, as the five graduates are inducted into the Crossroads business. Called “The Bootcamp”, graduates attend face-to-face business classes and engage with skilled business educators, mentors, managers, and executives. Each graduate is allocated a life coach and mentors to guide them throughout the Programme.

Speaking at the launch event, Dr Anna Mokgokong, Chairperson of Community Investment Holdings (CIH), said that creating opportunities for the youth, particularly women, was a brave and necessary call for companies to answer. “Particularly in industries such as logistics, which has always been dominated by men. It is a mammoth and noble task. If we plant the seeds of education and opportunity, then we will reap the bounty of skilled workers. That is our goal for this programme called ‘The Bootcamp’.”

Mokgokong pointed out that in today’s challenging job climate, education alone was not always enough. “We must also have the opportunity and the drive to grasp that opportunity,” she said, emphasising the need to create spaces for new energy, new thinking, and new ideas as that was the root of innovation and progress.

CIH, a shareholder in Crossroads, is a 100% black owned, women led company with a consolidated group turnover in excess of R20 billion, diversified between healthcare, ICT, power and energy, logistics, mining and infrastructure development.

Crossroads developed the Gen Z/Millennial Graduate Programme as part of its ongoing effort to keep training up to date with the changing business environment. Graduates in the programme are expected to perform at exceptionally high levels - maintaining a pass mark of 80% or higher during the Programme that concludes in June this year. After the six-week intensive Bootcamp, graduates are placed in various departments in Crossroads for the remainder of the Programme, as they continue to be assessed and remediated to ensure they are allowed to find their niche within the business.

Joe Madungandaba, Community Investment Holdings Group CEO, commended the Programme, saying more initiatives were needed to boost employment, develop skills and create opportunities for young people. “We need to grow and identify the talent in our country. There are almost eight million unemployed graduates in South Africa and no one affords them any opportunities. Initiatives like this offered by Crossroads offers real employment opportunity to graduates willing to work hard.” He said identifying talent and training and developing fit-for-purpose skills was essential to change the face of employment in South Africa. “One of the scarcest resources in the world is people. There are many opportunities out there. What we need are deliberate strategies to grow and employ specifically trained people within our organisations.”

According to Madungandaba, should the Gen Z/Millennial Graduate Programme prove successful within Crossroads, it will be rolled out across the more than 50 companies that CIH invests in. “We are committed to finding opportunities for graduates within the various sectors where we have a presence,” explained Madungandaba. “Should a graduate not find a fit in a specific sector, we can target another based on their skills and interest.”

Crossroads has a long tradition of training and nurturing talent, ensuring its employees have the necessary tools to make an impact from the outset of their careers. Learning is a lifelong embedded culture within the company. Welcoming the four women and one man to the Crossroads family, du Preez said the Gen Z Graduate Programme demonstrated the company’s commitment to investing and future-proofing the business.

“We look forward to developing these energetic, resilient and persistent young graduates as we prepare them to be ready for a tough and demanding industry.”