Lonmin plc, formerly the mining division of Lonrho plc, is a British producer of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) which includes gold, copper, nickel, chrome and cobalt as by-products. The company operates in the Bushveld Complex of South Africa and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) as well as on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). Its registered office is in London, United Kingdom and its operational headquarters are in Johannesburg, South Africa and was discovered in 1909 as the London and Rhodesian Mining and Land Company Limited.
Lonmin for a Better Future
Lonmin’s mining model is labour-intensive. The company sustains operational excellence by attracting, developing and retaining the necessary skills required in its human capital. Lonmin has focused projects, such as the Employee Value Proposition (EVP) that aims to improve relationships and build trust for those working for the company. The EVP includes a broad set of programmes and initiatives that outline the total package a full-time employee can expect to receive from the company in terms of remuneration, benefits, development and advancement opportunities.
‘The Way We Work at Lonmin’ is one of the company’s primary EVP initiatives, which is a leader-led change journey that aims to develop and institutionalise a Lonmin culture that supports sustainable success by creating productive behaviour and mind-sets around work-team relationships. This initiative aims to improve communication, entrench accountability and empower teams in getting their work done.
The company’s people development initiatives aim to develop the required skills in its employees to create an empowered and productive workforce, also to develop industry skills so more locals are able join the Greater Lonmin Community.
The community skills development programmes include the production cadet, the mining technical service and community engineering learnership programmes. The learnerships in Lonmin’s Mining and Process Operations as well as in Engineering Function are where technical skills in mining, processing and engineering can be developed. The core skills programme addresses the critical competences required to meet key operational standards.
Lonmin encourages its employees to join the structured workplace coaching programme where individual coaching is conducted to bridge individual competency gaps. The Individual Development Plan programme is also recommended so that personal goals for the employees’ current and future development can be translated into an achievable action plan. Furthermore, a formal mentorship programme facilitates skills transfer and knowledge sharing. Together, these programmes support the execution of the Lonmin talent management strategy.
People who join Lonmin will be eligible for a reward and benefits package that is very competitive in the local employment market. The benefits include on-site healthcare, life and disability insurance (which includes an education protection plan and retirement provisions), study leave, four months paid maternity leave and 35 annual leave days per annum. It doesn’t stop there – employees also have access to a range of non-financial benefits, such as financial debt counselling and an employee wellness service that provides free, confidential professional counsellors and therapists to employees and their dependents on matters of emotional, physical and financial distress.
There are so many things to expect from Lonmin to better one’s future. Individuals who have the desire to gain more knowledge, improve skills and take a sip of what it feels like to work in such a promising workplace are offered some engaging opportunities in Bursary, Graduate-In-Training, and Experiential Training programmes. These programmes are brought out especially for students who wish to pursue a career in mining related disciplines. Lonmin’s goal in these programmes is to empower and mentor the youngsters – guiding and developing them to become great leaders.
Lonmin Bursary Programmes
The Bursary Programme provided by Lonmin is a competitive yet beneficial programme that is worth to try for. Through the Bursary Programme, Lonmin helps students realise and gain their full potentials. The bursaries were introduced to assist potential students to attain qualifications (full time at a recognised tertiary institution) in mining-related disciplines, such as mining, electrical, mechanical, industrial or chemical engineering, metallurgy and mining technical services disciplines (e.g. geology), and to build the pipeline of future skills the company needs by identifying and developing appropriate candidates (via the Graduate-In-Training programme). The Lonmin Bursary Scheme provides a competitive package covering financial and practical training, based on a service binding contract after graduation for a period equal to the number of years’ study. The number of bursaries awarded each year depends on the business need.
Like all other development programmes provided by Lonmin, the Bursary Programme is designed for those who are seeking an opportunity to succeed in the mining industry. The programme is offered in various areas of the mining industry. These disciplines include:
- Analytical Chemistry
- Chemical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering – High Voltage
- Human Resources
- Industrial Engineering
- IT Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Medical Doctor
- Mine Survey
- Mining Engineering
In this programme, bursars will receive the following benefits.
- Full tuition fees
- Books, accommodation and funds towards meals
- 8 weeks of vacation work at the company each year
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- A monthly allowance
- A personal computer in the 2nd year of studies
- Tutoring assistance
Eligibility Requirements for Lonmin’s Bursaries
In order to be eligible to receive a bursary from Lonmin, candidates must be:
- A South African citizen
- Matric or Grade 12 with Maths and Science as subjects, with a minimum of C-average (60% or higher)
- Intended to study full-time within one of the aforementioned fields of study
How to Apply for Lonmin’s Bursaries
Candidates who feel they already meet the prerequisites to apply for the Bursary Programme by Lonmin may start their applications by registering their CV on https://lonmin.pnet.co.za/applicant_new. For bursary seekers, the ‘External’ button on the External Applicant section can be selected. Candidates will then need to fill in all the empty boxes on the page to provide all the required information. They will also be required to upload the following documents.
- Detailed and up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV) / resume (written in English)
- Valid personal identity document (ID)
- Qualifications related to the chosen field of study
Once all the information required is fulfilled, candidates may then submit their applications.
Those who require technical support / assistance on the website may contact the service provider PNet on 010 140 3099 or e-mail [email protected]
Please note that only online applications will be considered. Lonmin will not accept applications other than that.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted soon after the application closing date. Those who do not receive any feedback from Lonmin within 30 days of the application closing date are considered as unsuccessful in their applications. However, they should not be discouraged to try again on the next opportunity.
For further information on the programme, visit https://lonmin.pnet.co.za.