For most people, having a fulltime job and studying is never easy! But for Dr. Caradee Wright from the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)’s Environment and Health Research Unit (EHRU,) completing her Programme for Manager Development (PMD) was a walk in a park – she even has an award to show for it.
At the recent certificate ceremony of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) where she had enrolled, not only did Dr Wright walk away with a PMD Certificate, she also bagged the award for Top Student in her class. And that’s not all, her group was also awarded Top Syndicate Group.
Wright, a Senior Specialist Scientist at EHRU says this was made possible by the SAMRC’s Accelerated Development Programme (ADP). The Programme was developed in line with the national need to grow and develop the skills base of previously disadvantaged individuals (PDI) in the Science, Research and Corporate Support Sector and the SAMRC’s strategic objective of Transformation. One of the main objectives of the ADP is to develop targeted employees to be competent in their current positions and to prepare them for future leadership positions at the SAMRC such as Unit Directors, support/business leaders and/or Division Managers or Executive Directors.
On the achievement, Wright says she would like to use it to call on the SAMRC employees to take full advantage of study opportunities that are on offer at the organisation. “There are great opportunities at the SAMRC which are meant to help develop us as employees,” she said. She adds that doing both [studying and working] isn’t easy, but one has to strike a balance between the two. “All the amount of time, frustration, sacrifice and lack of sleep, are worth it in the end. Productivity is not equal to output/input, rather productivity is equal to profit/investment,” she concludes.
According to Lee-Anne Louw from Human Resources, Training and Development opportunities at the SAMRC are the cornerstones of the organisation’s commitment to grow its own timber and furthermore remain an employer of choice. “The SAMRC is not only about talent attraction, but also has a strong focus on growing talent within the organisation,” she said. Other training opportunities include:
- New Managers Development Programme
- Manager Development Programme
- Senior Manager Development Programme
- Executive Management Development Programme
To apply for these, employees can contact Lee-Anne Louw in Human Resources.