The CTICC has been in operation for 15 years, and during this time the centre has contributed significantly to job creation having created/sustained over 115000 jobs since opening. “Over the 2017/18 period, we created jobs for 8 553 individuals which was a 9 % increase on the previous year and in an economy that is shedding jobs, this is something we are particularly proud of”, said CTICC Chief Executive Officer Julie-May Ellingson.

The CTICC’s purpose, which runs through every aspect of the business, is to “connect people to create jobs by attracting events in key economic sectors and exceeding our clients expectations”.

Ellingson noted that every job held by a woman is estimated to feed eight people. “This fact drives our supplier selection decisions and our focus on women-owned enterprises.  Our expenditure with women-owned enterprises increased considerably to 40% in the past financial year from 29% in 2016/17 financial year.”

The CTICC’s B-BBEE spend for the 2017/18 financial year was R288m, which equates to 87% of its net spend. Ellingson also noted that the CTICC’s commitment to training and development remained strong, with a substantial R3.1m spent on training.  “Short-term and long-term training is essential for upgrading internal and external staff skills and over 400 individuals received training in the 2017/18 financial year.”

Ellingson said that training had embraced the four key aspects of skills development: statutory, vocational, developmental and values-based leadership: “We focused mainly on capacity building, leadership development, team building, change management, effective employee engagement and coaching.”

The CTICC also offers a student programme and graduate programme, which it believes is essential to the upliftment of skills in the country.  The CTICC had 25 young people on these programmes in the last financial year.

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