Eskom Kusile Power Station Project in partnership with Siemens celebrated the graduation of participants from a unique program that seeks to inspire and develop promising talent. All contractors that do business with Kusile on site have an Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (ASGISA) obligation to develop a combination of skills categories depending on their scope of work, size and duration of contract.
Upon completion of the training programme, a total number of 27 students were awarded with certificates during a graduation ceremony held at Siemens Park on 15 September 2017 in Gauteng.
The total of graduates comprises of 2 electrical engineers, 12 electrical technicians and 13 electrical artisans which were trained by the Automotive Industry Development Centre.
The training and knowledge transfer initiative is a collaborative effort between Siemens and Eskom, which selects a number of promising beneficiaries to take part in the programme. It is intended to help improve and or develop trade skills within the local communities where we operate in so they can be employable, and to address the national Artisans and Trade Skills capacity gap.
In delivering her keynote address at the ceremony, Siemens South Africa CEO Sabine Dall’Omo said “Skills development is the key enabler to nurturing the next generation of engineers and innovators. Through this partnership we continue to expand the talent pool for our industry which is in dire need.”
“As a global company with a strong local presence, we are proud to contribute to the development of South Africa’s promising youth so they can actively participate in building their country’s future. Throughout the program, we were very impressed by the dedication and commitment of the trainees and their valuable contributions to key projects at Siemens. We wish them great success” she added.
Commenting on the graduation, Kusile’s Senior Advisor in Supplier Development and Localisation, Davis Mposi said: “we are delighted to honour the graduates of the Eskom and Siemens ASGISA training programme’. This innovative initiative aims to advance the skills, tools, and abilities of our young men and women; our employees, who represent our future and together, will contribute to the development of skills within the youth of South Africa.”
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