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BureauVeritasBusinessLive reports that Bureau Veritas has launched the Ithemba Trust to educate disadvantaged young black women in rural areas as engineers.  

Bureau Veritas is a 190-year-old French-based service provider that offers testing, inspection and certification to global standards.  It operates in 30 African countries and is 51% black-owned in SA.  Ithemba, which means "hope" in Nguni, will mainly identify and fully support the women in obtaining university degrees across the science, technology, engineering and maths fields.  ‚ÄúThis must be a competitive degree that leads to global employment [prospects]," Sal Govender of Bureau Veritas said on Wednesday.  Graduating students would not be required to work for the group or its 400,000 client companies across the world.  But, Bureau Veritas would offer graduates placements and teach them "work readiness" and entrepreneurial skills, Govender indicated.  Selection and initial funding of students for the trust has not yet been completed.  Bureau Veritas introduced "learnerships" for about 50 unemployed youth, including engineering bursaries, in 2017 and has helped about 300 employees complete degree, diploma and certificate courses.

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