Eskom is the largest electricity public utility in Africa and the largest out of all the South Africa’s state owned enterprises. It was established in 1923 by the government of the Union of South Africa in terms of a parliamentary act, namely the Electricity Act (1922), as the Electricity Supply Commission (ESCOM), also known as Elektrisiteitsvoorsieningskommissie (EVKOM) in Afrikaans. In 1986, the company changed its name by combining the acronyms in its two previous names, ESCOM and EVKOM, into Eskom which we know as up to this day.
There are numerous notable power stations that are operated by Eskom. These power stations include Kendal Power Station and Koeberg nuclear power station in the Western Cape Province which is the only nuclear power plant in Africa. Approximately, 95% of the electricity used in South Africa in generated by Eskom as well as approximately 45% of that used in Africa. The company’s Generation, Transmission and Distribution divisions all work together in generating, transmitting and distributing electricity to industrial, mining, commercial, agricultural and residential customers and redistributors.
Eskom Enterprises, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Eskom Holdings, aims to grow Africa’s industry in energy and improve life quality in the continent, including South Africa and the South Africa Development Community. It embodies sustainable non-regulated businesses in addition to the South Dunes Coal Terminal and Golang Coal companies in Richards Bay harbour in South Africa. These enterprises include:
- Eskom Rotek Industries, Eskom Enterprises’ largest subsidiary which was established to construct, maintain and transport equipment to support Eskom.
- Eskom Uganda Limited, a subsidiary of Eskom that has been operating for the past 13 years and has experience in hydro power generation which can support Uganda’s vision to give 80% of the population access to electricity by 2040.
- Trans African Projects, an enterprise by Eskom that has reached as far as the Middle East and China in effecting designing solutions for transmission and distribution projects. It focuses on substation design, renewable energy solutions, network studies, consulting engineering and project management.
As a leading company that delivers energy to millions of customers countrywide, Eskom seeks highly skilled professionals that can be relied on their skills, dedications and enthusiasms to meet the industry challenges and make an impact in advancing the business. The company offers great opportunities and career prospects as it helps the employees achieve their full potentials. Therefore, Eskom offers a vocational training programme namely as Eskom Learnerships. Not only to help labours gain skills and achieve their full potentials, this programme is also created to develop the company and the economy at macro level.
The Eskom Learnership programme is targeted for fresh graduates. It consists of training in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, welding, control and instrumentation, fitting and turning, heat pumping, and administrations. All qualifications have been registered within the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Although the recruitment process for the programme is very competitive, since the company attracts people’s interests by its successful business and offering outstanding opportunities as well as career prospects, it is guaranteed that the company has great strategies in honing the participants’ skills.
The learnership programme offered by Eskom consists of both practical training and theoretical classes whereby allow the participants to not only expand knowledge in the conceptual model of the lessons taught but also obtain a hands-on working experience within the engineering / mining sector. Thus, this can definitely enrich the participants’ resumes and professional experiences.
Eligibility and Required Credentials in Applying for Eskom Learnership
For those that are interested in joining the Eskom Learnership programme, there are a few things that need to be noted before applying.
- Only South African citizens are eligible to apply for the Eskom Learnership programme.
- Candidates are expected to sign a learnership agreement to define the duties and responsibilities of the related participants, and an employment contract in which the employer specifies the candidate’s tenure in the learnership programme.
- The Eskom Learnership contract is a legally binding contract and any irregularity or violation towards the terms of the agreement will be dealt correspondingly with Sections 17 and 18 of the Skills Development Act, 97 of 1998.
- The candidate’s appointment in the programme is at the sole discretion of Eskom. Any other factors that Eskom considers to be relevant may be taken into consideration when making such decisions.
- If the applicant has not received any form of further notification on the programme’s admission within 28 days after the application deadline, it means the application was unsuccessful.
Applicants that are considered to be accepted and enrolled in the Eskom Learnership programme are those who fulfil the following minimum requirements:
- South African citizen
- A completion in Matric or N3 with Mathematics and Physical Science.
- Candidates must be able to perform physical work and understand technical concepts including thermodynamics.
- Able to use the English language – both written and spoken
- Candidates are expected to be hardworking, conscientious, self-disciplined, goal-driven, highly motivated and possess emotional resilience.
- All candidates are required to have high level ability in technical learning.
- Candidates must be responsible and committed throughout the entire process of the learnership programme.
How to Apply for the Eskom Learnership
To start an application for the Eskom Learnership, applicants will need to register an account on the Eskom career website: www.eskom.co.za/Careers. Once the account is registered, applicants may proceed with the application by selecting the latest learnership vacancy then filling in the application form provided in the official website. It is to be noted that the application form must be completed handwritten. Below is a list of the supporting documents that will be required to be uploaded when applying for the programme.
- Certified copy of South African Identity document (ID)
- Certified copy of Matric Certificate
- Certified copy of any other qualification proof
- Curriculum Vitae/Resume
Copies must be certified within the last 3 months. The application form must be signed by the applicant and all required documents must be submitted prior to the determined application deadline, otherwise it will not be accepted.
The Eskom Learnership programme is usually open for application later in the year, normally around November or December. It is suggested that those interested in the programme check the vacancies or student page on the Eskom’s official website frequently.
For further information, visit www.eskom.co.za.