Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility

Sutherland’s vision is to train, coach and prepare talented youth in South Africa for an exciting and fulfilling career in technical engineering, draughting and detailing, thereby providing the economy and wider construction industry in South Africa with critical engineering skills and also creating placement opportunities for young people.

In 2007, Sutherland’s Board identified the need to establish a formal training academy to address the critical national shortage of properly trained and experienced structural engineering draughtspersons and detailers. In 2008 Sutherland opened the doors of the newly created CETA-accredited Draughting and Detailing Academy.

Sutherland was crowned the 2010 Cape Media Achiever Award winner for best training programme (small to medium-sized company including all business sectors).

Go for Gold’s mission is to prepare financially-disadvantaged learners from communities such as Athlone, Mitchell’s Plain and Ravensmead for a successful career in the construction industry. It does this by providing the learners with extensive tutoring and mentoring support in Science, Mathematics and Life Skills. The program starts in Grade 11 and culminates in full time employment with partner companies. Sutherland provides on-the-job learnerships, bursary support for tertiary studies and full-time employment for selected Go for Gold participants. Keith Adams┬áserves on the board of this Section 21 Company.