This year New Age Engineering Solutions (NAES) launched an Internship and Trainee programme. Both initiatives are aimed at upskilling the local youth for a period of 12 months. Just over 2000 applications were received for the programmes but only 26 candidates could be employed.
“As New Age we want to give the youth employment opportunities and help them to gain the necessary work experience that will make them employable graduates when the programme is over,” says Thendo Thangoane, Skills Development Facilitator at NAES.
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“A lot of male candidates applied for this programme and we only had two females applicants; one of them dropped out of the programme and now we only remain with one female in the group,” says Thangoane. He adds, “in future we hope to have an influx of female candidates applying for this programme”.
The 10 trainees are mechanical fitters, who have N2 & N3 qualifications. They are currently working at the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, alongside a well experienced NAES team of mechanical fitters. A supervisor has been appointed from NAES to monitor and evaluate the trainees.
In November the trainees received smartphones that come with the YES app, which will help generate CVs and qualification documents. The app will also help to monitor the progress of each trainee. They will keep the smartphones even when the programme is over.
“I’m humbled and pleased to be a part of New Age because this is an opportunity that I’ve been hoping for,” says Israel Nemaranzhe, one of the NAES trainees.
“It’s important to sharpen your skills regularly and New Age has given me and my fellow colleagues the platform to do so; we appreciate what the company is doing for us,” he adds.
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The interns are placed in both the Cape Town and Evander NAES offices and sites for 12 months. The selected candidates were already in possession of a relevant qualification but with no work experience. The interns are working side by side with NAES experts in the selected field.
“We are starting slowly but in the future we plan to get as many interns as possible because we want to uplift the youth,” says Thangoane. “These days it’s rare to get employment without any work experience; where will you get 5-years experience if you are fresh from university?,” he asks.
NAES hopes to absorb some of the candidates into the company at the end of the 12-month programmes.