Since its establishment in 2011, Steinmüller Africa’s Technical Training Academy has successfully qualified 253 artisans and upskilled over a thousand employees. The Academy offers apprenticeships, skills courses, learnerships, short courses, and qualifications in technical occupations and trades. The programmes are grounded on four specialisations in the industry, namely welding, boilermaking, rigging and mechanical fitter. Currently, 52 learners are enrolled for this technical training.
Learners can fund their own tuition, or can apply for financial support through Steinmüller Africa’s bursaries, or grants from merSETA. Bursaries from Steinmüller Africa are also available through apprenticeships for candidates who have completed Grade 12 mathematics and physical science, and are previously disadvantaged, unemployed youth, or are residents within proximity to site. In addition to these learnership opportunities, Steinmüller Africa offers training and upskilling to its employees.
“We maintain a pipeline of skills which we require to achieve long-term sustainability, an imperative factor for the success of our Company. We are proud to have an initiative that improves the lives of those who participate in these programmes. The initiative enables unskilled and unemployed students to acquire valuable knowledge, skills, and experience, and enables permanent employees to become upskilled to continue performing a high level of service on projects,” Karin Kaempffer, Executive General Manager: Human Capital Management, Steinmüller Africa.
Steinmüller Africa’s internal programmes (including practical training) are facilitated by the company’s appointed educators. The external programmes are facilitated by external educators who conduct National Accredited Technical Education Diploma (NATED) studies at Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges.
Programme candidates are required to pass all practical and theory modules, NATED studies, and a final exam in a minimum period of two years and a maximum period of four. On completion, graduates are awarded with a Red Seal Certificate (QCTO).
“Through institutional training, learners become equipped with first hand skills and knowledge on how the relevant specialisations in the industry work and what it demands to thrive. The employable skills that are gained in these programmes are especially beneficial for those who do not yet have experience or are currently unemployed. Bridging the skill gap through knowledge and practical training for increased employability supports our aim to prepare developing professionals for the future of our industry,” concludes Kaempffer.
Enquiries: Karin H Kaempffer
Executive GM: Human Capital Management
Tel: 011 806 3345
Fax: 012 345 6789