Barloworld Equipment (BWE) has once again opened its doors to another intake of graduates within its progressive Graduate Development Programme.

This year’s cohort consist of one male and nine female graduates from across Barloworld Equipment’s southern African territories.

The 24-month work integrated programme was launched in January 2016 with the aim of developing and nurturing the company’s future leaders.

Emmy Leeka, Barloworld Equipment’s southern Africa Chief Executive Officer, said, “We believe that accessing collective wisdom is pivotal and our investment in the Graduate Development Programme is built around just this in order to provide graduates with opportunities to become experts in their chosen fields and future leaders in our industry.”

According to Barloworld, the programme seeks to maintain a predominately female intake year-on-year in line with the company’s 40/20 strategy, which seeks to grow the number of female leaders and employees to 40% of the workforce by 2020.

“The two-year programme exposes the graduates to all the company’s key operational areas, giving them an in-depth understanding of the workings of each business unit. The programme comprises work rotation, technical training, personal development and mentorship.

“Each graduate is assigned an engineer as a mentor, who provides expert advice and guidance as they gain organisational knowledge and learn about Barloworld Equipment’s operations, processes, policies and culture.

“The aim of the programme is to train and develop graduates to meet Barloworld Equipment’s specific leadership needs and build the talent that will take the organisation forward,” added Leeka.

Barloworld Equipment will begin recruiting graduates for its 2019 cohort from April 2018.