Corporate Social Investment
In committing to the future growth of our rainbow nation, Corporate Social Investment (CSI) is a vital aspect of GIBB’s values. Proudly South African, the company has implemented a national campaign to improve both educational and humanitarian efforts, creating a better life and country for all.
WHY IS GIBB INVOLVED IN CSI?
To support the economic development of South Africa and its people, CSI at GIBB is focused around the development of much-needed industry skills.
The strategy behind CSI is to empower South Africans, educate communities and assist those less fortunate than ourselves. Building greater South Africans as we change lives is what we believe in.
GIBB’S EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES
African Academy – African Academy was established to ease the shortage of trained draughtsmen and reduce unemployment by empowering previously disadvantaged individuals. The academy offers a range of qualifications, software training courses and skills programmes, and has been financially supported by GIBB for many years. The Academy prides itself on exceptional pass rates and placement of students in and out of GIBB. GIBB employees are regularly enrolled in relevant courses with some having recently graduated with a certificate in Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice.
Bursaries – There is a dire shortage of engineering and science graduates in South Africa and in doing its bit to alleviate this, GIBB provides bursaries to deserving individuals, honing core skills. The bursary schemes are available to employees, secondary school pupils and tertiary students who aspire for a career in the engineering and science fields.
Career Expo’s – Secondary school students do not have well-thought out career plans. In light of this, GIBB participates in career orientated exhibitions aimed at creating awareness of the engineering and science fields, how studying engineering will change one’s life and, ultimately, how engineers will change the world around them.
CESA’s Young Professionals Forum (YPF) – The Young Professionals Forum (YPF) of the Consulting Engineers of South Africa (CESA) consists of young professionals in the built environment who are under the age of 35, and are passionate about the engineering industry. The Forum involves the training and development of young professionals. This is a platform for networking opportunities, geared to retain young professionals, build capacity and knowledge management, offer social and professional support, on-the-job and experiential training, and mentoring.
CESA Job Shadow Day – This initiative, undertaken in conjunction with the YPF, is designed to introduce previously disadvantaged learners to the wide-ranging opportunities of the engineering and science sector. On Job Shadow Day, learners are given an overview of a project and are exposed to what the sector has to offer.
SAWomEng – South African Women in Engineering focuses on indentifying female mentors within GIBB to participate in knowledge-sharing with students, establishing good relationships and developing professional working relationships. The main aim is the advancement and education of female engineers, increasing gender equality, addressing skills shortages and promoting progressive thinking in a previously male-dominated industry.
Thusano Learnership Programme – Operating from Stembele Matiso High in New Crossroads since 2005, the programme is designed to introduce talented disadvantaged learners to the world of engineering and science, and prepare them for a career in this exciting industry. Due to below-par results achieved in mathematics and sciences at school level, the engineering industry is faced with a massive skills shortage. The project selects schools where a need for quality tuition in English, Mathematics and Science is identified. Learners then undergo extra classes, tuition and guidance, with the aim of grooming them for tertiary education.
GIBB HUMANITARIAN INITIATIVES
Every opportunity to assist means saving a life, restoring a smile or changing the world around you. One’s sense of community and company values shape how we approach and define our responsibility.
Here are a few projects that GIBB is involved in:
WORLD AIDS DAY: Business Bannerthon – GIBB understands the impact that the HIV/AIDS pandemic has on the economy and society. In raising AIDS awareness for its people and fighting the disease, GIBB participates in the National Aids Bannerthon during December each year.
Christel House South Africa – Christel House South Africa (CHSA) endeavours to break the cycle of poverty by providing a holistic learning experience for each child. At Christel House they recognise that poor children come to the classroom not just without the ability to read and write, but with social problems as well, often hungry and living in dysfunctional families.
Through their unique education model, they are able to nurture and develop learners into responsible and productive adults – free of the clutches of poverty.
Manger Mission – The Manger Mission, a care centre on the East Rand of Johannesburg, provides safe living conditions for displaced homeless and abandoned individuals. GIBB is paying close attention to this outreach programme by financially supporting the sustainability of the soup kitchen and childcare facilities.
Refilwe – Refilwe, a Tswana word meaning ‘gift’ is a community-based, professional nursing and healthcare clinic, formed in 1991, meeting the needs of disadvantaged individuals. Today, this non-profit clinic is a multi-focused organisation serving the communities of Lanseria, north of Johannesburg. The home trains their residents to become self sufficient and places abandoned and orphaned children into safe foster homes.
GIBB is actively involved in the refurbishment of the living quarters of the clinic.
Winter Blanket Donation – To warm up the winter months for homeless communities in major city centres throughout the country, GIBB embarks on a national blanket donation drive on an annual basis. Over 2000 blankets are donated each year. Staff are urged to take action and inspire change by regularly donating clothing, food hampers, money and their time to those less fortunate.