A graduate operations management trainee for transport and logistics company, GXO, has embarked on a six-month secondment as a project officer in the Zambian capital of Lusaka.
Nicoletta Effah will be working for international development organisation Transaid, supporting its longstanding Zambian road safety project.
Her arrival marks 15 years since Transaid first partnered with the Industrial Training Centre (ITC) – the only public commercial driver training school in Zambia – to build capacity to deliver professional heavy good vehicle driver training to internationally recognised standards.
“I know I can’t make a tangible change alone, so I wanted to join an organisation that could, and GXO’s graduate scheme has offered me this opportunity,” Effah said. “I’m focused on ensuring that the changes I help to put in place can be maintained after I leave.”
Early priorities for Nicoletta have been creating a maintenance schedule to forward-plan servicing, avoiding clashes with when the assets are needed for practical training. This has become increasingly important given the current high utilisation of all training vehicles, due to exceptional driver demand.
“The secondment programme is a great opportunity for Nicoletta to gain new skills and we look forward to seeing the positive impact she makes on the ground in Lusaka,” said GXO Managing Director, UK and Ireland, Gavin Williams. “Our graduate programme plays a vital role in developing our future leaders and we’re delighted to partner with Transaid and be able to offer such a fantastic experience.”