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Eskom Inaugural Career Fair 2017 creates an ideal and rare opportunity for learners to meet prospective employers
Tuesday, 24 October 2017:  As a state-owned company, Eskom is committed to South Africa’s national priorities as outlined in the National Development Plan (NDP). In light of this commitment, Eskom hosted its inaugural Career Fair on 24 October 2017 at the Eskom Academy of Learning in Midrand, Gauteng.
The aim of this Career Fair was to provide an opportunity for Eskom learners to access leading market players, including some of Eskom’s top suppliers.  Thus, creating an enabling environment for learners to meet the companies and for the companies to consider and possibly recruit learners for various employment opportunities from learnerships, internships to permanent employment.
With 1077 learners that were invited to attend the event, a total of 986 learner Engineers, Artisans, Technicians, Operators as well as learners from non-technical fields took part in the Career Fair. There were over 30 suppliers across multidisciplinary fields including: manufacturing, mechanical and engineering – making the event a resounding success.
Eskom’s Group Executive for Human Resources, Ms Elsie Pule indicated that in order to address the unemployment challenges facing the youth of the country, businesses needed to refine their strategies. This includes a unique and innovative way of thinking that will encourage making use of opportunities beyond the South African boarders, in the long run. She was appreciative of the interest demonstrated by the suppliers and other companies who were present to show good corporate citizenship.
Eskom Interim Group Chief Executive,  Mr Sean Maritz said that the  Career Fair was  a significant milestone in youth development and expressed words of gratitude to businesses for “being there for people who need them to create a better South Africa.”  “We need to take care of future generation so that it will take care of the South Africa of tomorrow,” concluded Maritz.
Eskom Interim Board Chairman, Mr Zethembe Khoza stated that youth targeted interventions such as the Career Fair were imperative in making a real difference in addressing joblessness and lack of broader economic opportunities. He added that as equal partners in the development of the country, nation-building and transformation of our society, both the public and private sectors need to move beyond talking and take action.
Department of Public Enterprises Director-General, Mr Mogokare Seleke said while government creates an enabling environment for youth development, an integrated, robust effort from the public and private sector is required to boost employment levels among the country’s young people. “It is through partnerships that we can realise the ideals of the NDP and make South Africa a better place for all.” Seleke added.
Eskom has a long and established history of being a leader in the training and development of South African youth, in support of overall youth development in terms of job creation and skills development programmes.  
We have made notable strides to ensure that the efforts that Eskom has put into Training & Development over the last decade and especially growing the Learner Pipeline meets not only the business needs of Eskom, but also to grow the skills base of young professionals in the country.
Over the years, Eskom has been instrumental in building a strong pipeline to respond to its Workforce Plan and contribute to the South African National Skills Accord. The percentage of learners in Eskom is at 12.6% of the total workforce, which is higher than the Shareholder Compact target of 8%.
Over the last ten years, Eskom invested a lot of time and energy on training and development and this has yielded positive results. As at the end of March 2017, we have trained a total of 5 235 learners in the following fields:  learner Artisan; Operator; Technician; Engineer as well as non-technical categories. This is nearly a 45% increase from 3 674 in March 2006. In the process, black learner participation in the learner pipeline increased from 69% to 93% while female learner participation was maintained at 40% over this period.