Toyota Industrial Equipment, a division of the EIE Group, is pleased to announce that 17 young females have graduated as forklift operators through a partnership with Sasol to train unemployed youth from the Govan Mbeki Community of Mpumalanga, as part of Sasol’s Youth Skills Development Project.

The Forklift Driver Operator Skills programme was established in early 2018 as a pilot programme in terms of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Sasol and Toyota Industrial Equipment to provide for the training of unemployed young people in forklift driver skills.  The aim is to transfer practical and employable skills that will uplift individuals and enable them to improve their quality of life and to become economic contributors within their own community.

In line with the EIE Group’s ZERO HARM safety culture and its commitment to being a responsible business, the young women were selected following a very strict recruitment and selection process, following which they received both theoretical and practical training.

“We are proud to have been able to partner Sasol in this programme, particularly as youth development, and especially female empowerment, is a key talent strategy for the EIE Group,” says Ferial Leech, GM for Human Capital and Wellness at the EIE Group. “The forklift training programme is one of our critical initiatives to invest in our local communities through skills upliftment, vocational training and secondary education.”

“We also currently sponsor the educational development of 21 high school learners from several technical schools across South Africa, as well as 20 disabled learners to obtain a qualification in finance, call centre, and varied administration and project management skill sets.”

For further information contact:
Ferial Leech, General Manager Human Capital
Tel: 011 571 0205