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New Training and Development Initiatives Launched

14 April 2013

Wesizwe is currently engaged in the development and roll-out of a number of Human Resource Development initiatives including specialist skills training programmes, internships, bursaries and learnerships.  Here is a small update on what is currently underway and planned for the near future......

Internship Programme

Based on Wesizwe’s business requirements, the company has advertised 9 internship positions across the wide spectrum of business activities including Engineering, Environmental, Safety, HR, Finance, Sustainability, Survey, Mine Overseer, GES Mechanical and Electrical, and IT.  The internships are for people who are already qualified, having attended university, college or specialist training centres, but who require practical training and experience.  With the exception of the engineering internships, the rest will get a 3 month exposure to the business. 

The company is taking on 3 engineering interns for 2013 and next year that number will rise and will include more junior engineers also.  This approach ensures there will be a continual pipeline of qualified people to support the Bakubung Platinum Mine project in the future.

Rock Drill Operator Programme Update

Wesizwe is going into partnership with Aveng Mining for this RDO programme and is in the process of signing an SLA with the company.  15 community members have been selected through a process which began back in January to join the intensive skills development programme, which will last three months (104 working days in total), commencing on 1st September and ending mid-December.  The programme will be run from Boshoek Training Centre in Rustenburg, chosen because of its close proximity to the Bakubung community. 

From January next year, another potentially larger intake will commence in order to meet the onramping requirements of the Bakubung Platinum Mine project and specialist skills training needs.  The trainees emerging from this RDO programme will be certified as having gained specialist core business skills and will be highly employable within the mining industry marketplace, having been equipped with these much-needed, identified specialist skills.  

Bursaries Programme 

Wesizwe plans to sponsor a number of bursaries over the next two years.  In 2014, two bursaries will be offered to external candidates. 

The first is a full scholarship for the National Diploma in Accounting, and the second is a bursary for a National Diploma in Chemical Engineering. 

The following year, a total of 14 bursaries will be offered to external candidates in the following specialist areas: 

Full Scholarship for Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (2)

Full Scholarship for National Diploma in Accounting

Full Scholarship for BCom

National Diploma in Cost Accounting

Full Scholarship for Mining Engineering

Full Scholarship for Human Resources

Full Scholarship for Bachelor of Electrical Engineering

BTech Safety Management (4)

Full Scholarship for Surveying (2) 

The current learners on the Wesizwe sponsored EDUMAP programme will be considered for bursaries for engineering studies as their performance at the moment is excellent.

Any candidate interested in knowing more about Wesizwe Platinum’s Bursaries Programme can visit the company website - or alternatively, request more information by contacting Wesizwe’s Regional Office for details.


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