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Eskom launches new welding school giving hope to youth


The newly launched Eskom EAL Welding School will offer placements for at least 700 students to be trained as high class welders.

The new school opened its doors last Thursday and is located in Midrand.

“Over the next seven years, Eskom will train a minimum of 700 students to be welders – and not simply regular welders, but high class welders,” chief executive officer Brian Dames stated.

The school forms an important part of Eskom’s Professional Welding Capability Development Programme, which is designed to boost its capacity to train welders to international quality standards. This is to meet Eskom’s needs for the construction of brand new power plants along with the maintenance and upgrading of existing plants.

The school, which at the moment has 150 students in numerous phases of training, was established to deal with the skills shortage in the country and it is going to make certain that the parastatal will have the ability to replace skills which in fact had to be brought in from other countries with home-grown welding specialists.


The courses offered to welders encompasses on-the-job training at power stations along with classroom theory.

“It is essential for state institutions to develop skills in-house that will significantly help to relieve the country’s shortage as well as to stimulate economic and employment opportunity,” said Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba.

“This is a vital and strategic technical skills development programme, simply because welders will have the ability to work not only for Eskom, but will also be beneficial to the broader South African economy.”

The school is a collaboration involving the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) and Eskom. At the conclusion of their 3 to 5 year schooling, students will receive a dual South African and international qualification accredited by the International Institute of Welding (IIW) and SAIW.

Eskom at present has a pipeline of 6 386 learners, with an emphasis on training artisans, engineers and technologists for future years with Eskom making an investment in excess of R1 billion a year, which represents more than 6% of the wage bill, in the training and development of its human resources.

Eskom chairman Zola Tsotsi pointed out that Eskom is committed to delivering technical skills development targets for their infrastructure requirements, and that the welding programme would provide South Africans career and skills opportunities in a scarce skills category.


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Source: BuaNews


Public Works Artisan programme pledges employment for youth

Public Works Deputy Minister, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu has assured young people who happen to be on her department’s Artisan Development programme work opportunities upon concluding their training.

Bogopane-Zulu made her commitment at the graduation of the initial group of young people who successfully completed the theoretical training of her department’s Artisan Development Programme.



“I wish to make a commitment that every one of you would walk into jobs that fit your training and skills after successfully finishing the programme. I can’t train you and not place you. Even if I would no longer be in my current position, I will not forget about this commitment and I will be there,” she said.

An overall total of 98 learners primarily from the Northern Cape obtained their certificates from Bogopane-Zulu at Pelindaba Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) outside Saulsville.

She additionally appealed to the graduates to stay the course until such time as they finish their 82 weeks of training.



“As our very first group of this programme, you need to realise that we are proud of you and we want you to remain on this training until you complete your remaining 82 weeks.

“You should consider yourselves fortunate, many of us studied in dark and poor conditions and if I were you, I was not going to mess up this training opportunity directly linked to workplace skills,” said Bogopane-Zulu who is visually impaired.

The Artisan Development Programme will certainly make it possible for students to leave with full artisan qualifications along with advanced practical skills.

The training programme is financed by the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) National Youth Service (NYS) while NECSA has been designated as a service provider to train the students.



Deputy Director-General of the EPWP, Stanley Henderson said when the programme started in January there were 100 learners, but two dropped out.

He further mentioned that 38 of the learners that happen to be obtaining training in boiler making, fitting and turning, mechanical, electrical and welding are young women.

Henderson pointed out that more youth from other provinces will also be recruited in future intake following the analysis of this first training programme.

Talking on behalf of the graduates, Pulane Kealeboga Jack, 27, from the Northern Cape said: “All of us wish to convey our gratitude in thanking the department for providing us with this opportunity.



“We all had our ups and downs during the past eight months we have been here, however , today we are proud to say we are apprentices and it is time to plough back what we have learned in our different trades. I came here without having any basic skills in welding, but a lot of people can be surprise to see what I can do.”

Another learner, Elroy Edmond said he finds boiler making interesting. “Before I came here, I knew absolutely nothing about boiler making and today I am enjoying the training.

“I will never disappoint by dropping out because I see no reason to start something and never finish,” he explained.

The Artisan Development Programme is geared towards positively contributing to addressing the challenges resulting from the high level of unemployment in South Africa.



The vast majority of among the youth thereby offering them with a chance to earn an income whilst attaining technical skills that will boost their prospects of employment, entrepreneurship and overall development.

The skills development programme includes accommodation and meals for 98 learners. The National Skills Fund will take care of all training related costs including training provider costs, assessment, moderation and certification. Various other costs to be covered by the department include; logistical costs for learners screening and selection sessions. Top up stipends (R660 pp/ pm for theoretical component) and learners allowance (R1200 pp/pm for the practical component) as well as transport costs during assessments.

For more information, contact Public Works – click here

Source: BuaNews


Minister encourages artisan training

Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan said on Thursday that artisan training, especially by state owned entities, could contribute positively towards the creation of jobs, needed to grow the South African economy.

Speaking at the launch of the SA 1st campaign – which sets out to encourage a mindset that will drive the revitalisation of the work ethic and productive values and behaviours that build the economy- the minister said government’s biggest entities, Eskom and Transnet, were facilitating artisan training that will help in creating real jobs in the economy.

The minister believes that the fact that South Africa had a shortage of artisans was lamentable, given the country’s high unemployment rate.

“I think artisan training is probably one of the most important areas where youth can be engaged not just in public works programmes but in getting the skills they require to be able to sustain themselves,” said Minister Hogan.

She said that from 1976 to 1994 public investment decreased from 16 to five percent of Gross Domestic Product, remaining as is until 2004.

She said the utilities played an important, strategic role and that in the last nine months the department has gone over 47 trajectories due to the huge backlog resulting from the apartheid government adding that government was unapologetically committed to infrastructural development.

“Government has to invest in the future of the county,” she said.

She said under-investment in infrastructure has had an impact on the manufacturing industry and that the department is faced with funding the build programme and revitalizing the supplier industry. “By aligning skills with national economic objectives, these projects will alleviate poverty and create jobs, real jobs,” she said.

“We’re not appreciating enough that what we require in this country is not only lawyers, accountants – people who are graduates. We require people that can grow this economy in very tangible ways,” she said.

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