Exxaro’s resilience lies in our ability to equip young people with the tools and skills needed to work efficiently in an environment moving quickly towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Every year, we select talented community members to study at formal tertiary institutions, preparing them for successful careers in our industry and grooming them as tomorrow’s leaders.
In 2020, all of our interns were black people. 45% of these individuals were black women. Within our postgraduate offering, we accepted 26 master’s, honour’s and postgraduate nominations, with 61% of them being employment equity candidates, including 19% black women.
99% of Exxaro’s employees are sourced from our host communities in South Africa. They are given numerous opportunities to remain competent and relevant in their respective roles. High potential individuals are also sought within the same communities for our trainee pipeline, and they are placed in relevant skills development programmes or awarded bursaries, internships, and learnerships. We thus empower local community members to compete for positions in the company. Training is provided in mostly engineering and mining disciplines at the Grovos Training Centre in Lephalale and the Colliery Training College in eMalahleni. In 2020, 89% of the learners taking part in our learnership programmes were black people, 38% of which were black women.
Our three-year Professionals in Training (PIT) programme blends academic theory with practical exposure in the workplace. Each graduate has a mentor who supervises their technical, leadership and management training at operations. Mentors also assist with fulfilling professional registration requirements. In 2018, there were 75 professionals in training (2018:61) throughout Exxaro in a R29.3 million programme. Of these interns, 29% are black women, and 67% are black people, with 73% placed throughout the group. The remaining participants were retained for placement as vacancies opened.