A closer look at our artisan training programme

We’re always looking for people with the right rail-related skills – they’re at the core of our success.

In 2017, we launched our artisan training programme. Since then, we have recruited 50 skilled and semi-skilled artisans and technicians from Ekurhuleni and 65 apprentices have been chosen to begin their apprenticeships at our on-site training centre.

Artisan training [photo]
Artisan training [photo]
Artisan training [photo]

Our artisan training programme wouldn’t be the success it is without a team of dedicated trainers, who teach and mentor our artisans. We asked a few of them what their impressions were of their trainees, what skills were critical to the project’s success, and what they considered to be the most rewarding part of their jobs.

Questions to our trainers

Select a question in order to view the trainer's answers.

Arthania Nkoana

What is your impression of the trainees’ progress so far?

Our artisans are highly skilled. We also learn a lot from them and have all achieved so much over the past few months of training.

What is the most rewarding part of your job as a trainer?

The most rewarding part of this job is self-development. Gibela has put things in place for us to achieve this. Over the past four months I have seen immense progress in my abilities.

Kabelo Motoma, production supervisor

What skills are most critical to the success of this project?

The locomotive industry involves several special processes, such as gluing, sealing and riveting. Our colleagues from France and Brazil are validating these special processes. We have specialists on-site who will observe our ongoing training and validate everything. There is a huge transfer of skills that takes place between people on-site and that contributes to the success of the programme.

What is the most rewarding part of your job as a trainer?

Senior management has been supportive and given us a lot of responsibility. It is a rewarding experience and a dynamic programme to be a part of. I have gained a lot of knowledge from the on-site construction and commissioning of machines, which is encouraging for my personal development and CV. I look forward to being able to pass on these skills to the next generation.

Mogomotsi Viyuyi, senior production manager

What skills are most critical to the success of this project?

The skills we need are dependent on where we are in the production programme at the time. Currently, we need special processes and the certification of these by our international specialists.

What is the most rewarding part of your job as a trainer?

The whole project is exciting, especially my personal development. We each have drive, are accountable and understand responsibility. Everyone is encouraged to be aware of their space, environment and role at Gibela. This ensures the efficient execution of our tasks and is highly rewarding.