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Thyssenkrupp contributes to skills development through adoption of graduates programme in South Africa

Graduates are finding it increasingly difficult to get into the job market not only due to job scarcity but also because often companies are not keen to employ graduates straight from universities or colleges because of their lack of work experience. “Many companies in South Africa prefer to employ experienced graduates as they are simply not prepared to invest in training, an expensive and time intensive exercise,” says Siphindile Madonsela, Director of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa and Head of Human Resources.

As graduates cannot compete with people with both a tertiary education and job experience they often remain unemployed, unable to earn a living, build a career and make a positive contribution to the South African economy. Recognising the gravity of the current situation, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions took the decision to implement a graduates programme in late 2016.

The programme has officially kicked off and 15 graduates straight out of tertiary education are employed by thyssenkrupp and given training over a twelve month period. “As far as possible, we have tried to place the graduates in divisions that match their line of study,” affirms Siphindile. The graduates will each spend the full period in the department to which they have been assigned to ensure that they receive thorough training and have complete understanding of that particular area.

Although thyssenkrupp has successfully employed graduates in the past, Siphindile says that it is the first time that thyssenkrupp has undertaken this type of structured initiative in South Africa. “It is the duty of every company to be progressive on the skills development front. We are very excited about this programme and believe that it will add value and present a win-win not only for thyssenkrupp but also for the country as a whole. Although the graduates add to our staff complement they to do not add to the company’s head count. While they are learning and gaining experience the graduates are in turn assisting us with projects.”

thyssenkrupp has been a front runner in upskilling people throughout the company’s 200 year history. Through skills development thyssenkrupp is making a meaningful contribution to solving a national problem. “Through the placement of skilled graduates with one year’s experience into the job market we are helping to alleviate the shortage of skilled personnel and helping to reduce unemployment,” states Siphindile. “We extend a warm welcome to all the graduates and wish them every success over the next twelve months.”

About us:
The Industrial Solutions business area of thyssenkrupp is a leading partner for the engineering, construction and service of industrial plants and systems. Based on more than 200 years of experience we supply tailored, turnkey plants and components for customers in the chemical, fertilizer, cement, mining and steel industries. As a system partner to the automotive, aerospace and naval sectors we develop highly specialized solutions to meet the individual requirements of our customers. Around 19,000 employees at over 70 locations form a global network with a technology portfolio that guarantees maximum productivity and cost-efficiency.

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thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (South Africa)
Kgothatso Ntsie
Marketing & Communications
Phone +27 11 236-1000/ Fax +27 11 236-1125


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