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.
These graduates will receive formal training and assigned mentors will oversee their development programmes. In 2021, we supported 28 full-time bursars at South African universities at a cost of R2.4 million. 100% of our bursars were black South Africans and 54% were 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.
The three-year PIT programme of Exxaro is a world-class development opportunity for recently graduated engineers & graduates into which young talent is recruited, trained and prepared for successful careers in the organisation.
This learning journey has established itself as one of the best within the industry, with personal one-on-one coaching and mentoring, access to senior leader coffee sessions, participation in an annual corporate event, frequent rotation within the company for maximum exposure, following a structured learning approach aligned with the relevant professional body, through innovative ways of learning.