Ayanda Khumalo, president of SCNext South Africa, says the partnership between SAPICS and SCNext will help bridge the gap between what students learn in theory and the reality of working in the real world.
“SAPICS seems a natural fit with SCNext in achieving this goal as the youth organisation brings its expertise and resources from around the globe. These include competitions, career services, certifications, simulations, foreign exchange opportunities, start-up capital and more, all aimed towards advancement of the Young Professionals community,” said Khumalo.
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SCNext is the fastest growing young professional supply chain community in the world. They seek to create student societies at campuses around the country and host meetings where SAPICS mentors will advise students on matters such as job hunting and career guidance.
“Members will also be exposed to what’s happening internationally as SCNext chapters in other countries host various events aimed at young professionals,” she said.
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SAPICS and SCNext will host a student conference in March 2015 in Johannesburg, with smaller meetings in Durban and Cape Town, to raise awareness about career paths available in supply chain and operations management.
Khumalo says that there is a increasing community of young supply chain talent that needs to be nurtured and developed in order to develop the SCM sector of the country.
“There is an enormous need to nurture the talent in South Africa and encourage young professionals to remain patriotic to the country and continent,” she said.