Europe / Middle East / Africa
Sandvik donates R1 million to DSIH for training & upgrading facilities
Aug, 01 2012
(Johannesburg) -- High technology engineering company Sandvik Mining has donated R1-million to KwaZulu-Natal based Durnacol Skills Innovation Hub (DSIH), which focuses on training, development and skills upliftment. Sandvik’s donation covers the training of five students living in the surrounding communities, as well as the conversion of offices into comfortable and affordable student accommodation.
The DSIH operates from the site of the now defunct Durnacol Coal Mine offering a broad spectrum of technical learnerships and apprenticeships as well as other skills sets, such as professional cooking. “We’re delighted to be able to sponsor five learners from the theoretical phase at DSIH and we hope to increase this number in time,” Sandvik Academy’s Letitia van Rensburg says. “This is a real centre of excellence and is proving an ideal vehicle through which we can empower the communities in which we operate. We see creating opportunities for the local residents to study as an investment in the economic well being of the area.”
The Sandvik Academy is based in Jet Park, Johannesburg, and offers comprehensive practical and theoretical education in four core areas focusing on technical training, operator training, business skills training and comprehensive apprentice and learnership programmes for both in-house and external employees. Accredited by the MERSETA and offering Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) programme approval, the Sandvik Academy is fully resourced with ten operator trainers, seven technical trainers and two business trainers. The Sandvik Academy runs an in-house Apprenticeship Programme that currently has 10 learners enrolled in full learnerships. This programme focuses on candidates with a Grade 12 certificate interested in embarking on a technical career in the mining and construction sectors. Beyond the Apprenticeship Programme, successful candidates have the opportunity to embark on additional training through the Sandvik Academy.
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