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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Empowering women with digital business skills

EMPOWERMENT: Centre for Enterprise Research Partnership and Innovation in Africa manager Jerry Ansen congratulates a graduate who recently completed the SAP training during the launch of an initiative to skill 100 CPUT women in SAP digital business skills. EMPOWERMENT: Centre for Enterprise Research Partnership and Innovation in Africa manager Jerry Ansen congratulates a graduate who recently completed the SAP training during the launch of an initiative to skill 100 CPUT women in SAP digital business skills.

CPUT-based Centre for Enterprise Research Partnership and Innovation in Africa (CERPIA) aims to train and certify women with the SAP digital business system and skills.

This women empowerment initiative strives to skill 100 female CPUT students and staff in SAP by August 2020, said CERPiA manager Jerry Ansen at the initiative’s launch recently. “The women will learn how the fundamental integrated business processes of procurement, production, planning, project management, sales, customer service, asset management, financial accounting, human resources and analytics interact on SAP ERP [Enterprise Resource Planning].”

Ansen added that all theoretical parts are complemented with hands-on sessions performed directly on SAP technologies during which real world challenges are tackled. “The SAP course will enhance and empower the CPUT-selected female students with understanding of integrated business systems and improve their productivity in the market place.”

He said there was a gender gap in the technology sector that must be addressed.

Guest speaker, Foschini Retail Group’s Yvette Greeff, said the key skills that employers look for from jobseekers are critical thinking, oral and written communication, collaboration, business acumen, time management, leadership, confidence and assertiveness, emotional intelligence and professionalism.

HoD: Human Resources Management (HRM), Dr Liiza Gie, said the 10 BTech students from her department who graduated from the SAP training in 2018 are all now employed in business organisations.

CPUT’s Advancement Director, Calvin Maseko, said he was happy all the HRM students are now employed and called funding their SAP training a worthy investment.

Students who successfully completed the SAP course were awarded their certificates. HRM graduates said that in the workplace the SAP training gave them a competitive edge over their counterparts who did not have it.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.