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Contractor seeks to upskill staff

7th May 2020

Drilling and blasting contractor Blasting & Excavating (B&E) offers upskilling and certification opportunities for students and current staff.

Owing to the lack of qualified blasters within the industry, B&E initiated a learner blaster programme in which 35 internal employees are being trained to become qualified civil and opencast blasters.

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Subsequent to the completion of the programme these employees will have a National Certificate in rock breaking, as well as a civil blasting ticket.

“B&E also has a diesel mechanic training programme, as well as a programme to host two civil engineering, two mining engineering, and two mechanical engineering students to complete their experiential learning with,” states B&E engineering director Deon Rajoo.

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He adds that this exposure to the workplace will give the students first-hand, “top-class” work experience and training, enabling them to become experts within their field of study. The company also aims to employ the individuals after a thorough assessment, as and when employment opportunities become available.

A graduate and apprentice programme has also been initiated to address the skills shortage within the industry. 

EDITED BY: Nadine James Features Deputy Editor
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