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LOGISTICS: First Time Passes for Imperial Logistics CIMA Graduates


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Four Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) learners within the Imperial Logistics Graduate Development Programme recently passed the TOPCIMA exam, first time round. The CIMA Learnership is a registered workplace programme by FASSET, the SETA responsible for the Accounting, Finance and Management sectors.

Imperial Logistics, a registered CIMA training partner takes in new Financial Management or Financial Accounting graduates annually. The Group currently has 27 graduates in the process of completing the three-year qualification. Once qualified, graduates skills include corporate finance, taxation, business evaluation and strategy, management accounting, budgeting and forecasting, working capital control as well as statutory and regulatory reporting.

Graduate Development Benefits CIMA Learners

“The TOPCIMA exam is a tough feat to achieve. It is great news when people pass on the first attempt,” said Abrie de Swardt, Imperial Logistics Marketing Director. “Our Graduate Development provides CIMA learners with support and tuition that enables them to succeed in the qualification,” adding that all areas of study within the Graduate Programme are complemented with management development training.

Launched in 2008, the Graduate Development Programme is “Imperial Logistics' flagship skills development programme”, which he said significantly strengthens the Group’s position as an 'Employer of Choice’. It provides graduate achievers, fresh from tertiary institutions, with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience within a global leader in logistics and supply chain management.

Graduates are placed at the various Imperial Logistics member companies, where they rotate through functional areas in order to facilitate a general management overview of the business. De Swardt added that a mentor (senior manager within the same discipline) is appointed to guide each learner through the process and to ensure that all practical learning requirements are met. “Through this pragmatic, formal mentorship, graduates are provided with a critical dimension in shaping their career path,” he said.

The CIMA Annual Awards

Imperial Logistics was nominated in the CIMA Annual Awards 2010 in the category Unlocking Business Intelligence, acknowledging the CIMA trainees for innovation in rolling-out a Business Intelligence programme. It was also acknowledged within the 2011 SAPICS Education Excellence Awards for its investment in its people.

“We are proud of these successful TOPCIMA learners: Imraan Jalal, Marzanne de Wet, Chryzanthia de Waal and Ernst van Aaarde, who are now in the process of completing the practical requirements in order to register as a Chartered Management Accountant with CIMA,” concluded de Swardt.

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