The Mine is committed to develop skills in line with the national skills shortage, especially in the engineering fields. This is achieved by providing technical learnerships, in-service training and bursaries to aspiring young people. The qualifying youth from Danielskuil and Northern Cape are given first priority in the process. Learners who are enrolled in the Mine’s two year technical learnership programmes exit with a MQA (Mining Qualification Authority) trade certificate. The Mine currently enrols learners in Electrical, Diesel Mechanic, Fitting and Plater/Welder trades and commits to the following as part of its learnership programme:
- Provide learners with appropriate training in the workplace and at technical colleges
- Provide adequate on-the-job training and learner supervision.
Learners who qualify are retained, depending on the availability of vacant positions. Those not absorbed, seek employment opportunities elsewhere in the industry. The quality of artisans trained at the Mine is of a very high standard and the incumbents are well sought after by various industries. The approximate spend on learnerships is R1,2 m per annum.
In-service training/ Internships are provided to students who have acquired formal qualifications or credits from tertiary institutions and still need industrial practical training to enable them to complete their studies. The Mine provides in-service training to different students in the fields of: Human Resources, Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Electrical- and Mechanical Engineering. The approximate spend on internships is R770 000 per annum.
One of the Mine’s HRD objectives is to ensure that all employees acquire literacy and numeracy skills, especially to the Mine’s older employees who are illiterate and those who could not further their educational grades. Only 2.6% of the Mine’s employees are illiterate and these employees have been prioritised and motivated to enrol for ABET classes. The second round of ABET classes commenced in July 2011, with sixteen (16) learners registered in the various ABET levels.
In order to ensure the success of ABET the following steps were taken:
- Classes are conducted within working hours
- Extensive consultation and counselling with the illiterate employees and their Unions representatives.
- Provide training to the ABET facilitators on a computerised ABET programme in conjunction with Media Works.
The Mine has trained two ABET facilitators who currently conduct the community ABET classes. The computerised ABET programme will also be extended during 2012 to the existing community ABET classes.