Once qualified and competent, learners could also secure employment outside of Eskom or become self-employed.(SABC)
The Eskom Academy of Learning (EAL) Welding School of Excellence (WSoE) has trained 150 welders since its inception in 2011, the parastatal said on Saturday.
The school, based in Midrand, Gauteng, formed part of Eskom’s professional welding capability development programme which aimed to improve the company’s capacity to train welders to international quality standards, to meet its requirements for the construction of new power plants and maintenance and upgrading of existing plants.
“WSoE has dual accreditation with the national authority which is [the] Energy Water Sector Education Training Authority (EWSETA) and [the] International Institute of Welding (IIW) under the umbrella of [the] Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW),” Eskom said in a statement.
Once qualified and competent, learners could also secure employment outside of Eskom or become self-employed.
To date the school had trained 200 welding learners in both national and international qualification – 150 learners had completed their training and the other 50 started their training last year.
Eskom said the welding school was formed to respond to the skills shortage in South Africa and would help ensure that as its new build programme progressed, Eskom would increasingly be able to replace skills which had had to be imported from other countries with home-grown welding professionals.
Eskom noted that maintenance of its power generating plants was progressing well and no load shedding was anticipated on Saturday.
“We would like to encourage customers to continue using electricity sparingly,” it said.