In order for any organisation to remain relevant and globally competitive, its ability to attract and retain top talent is one of the critical areas, which constantly needs to be revised and made a priority. Over 65 000 tertiary students and professionals participated in Universum 2016’s survey, ranking Transnet as the 3rd most attractive employer in the Business/Commerce Category.
Each year, 3000 companies are nominated in over 57 markets as preferred employers in an independent study that reaches millions of not only active, but also passive job seekers.
According to Justice Manqele, Technical Manager at Transnet Port Terminals’ (TPT) Port Elizabeth’s Manganese Port Terminal (MPT) and the current Innovation Champion across Transnet for the year 2015, “TPT EC prides itself on contributing positively towards this great achievement through its various Engineering Skills Development Programmes that see young engineers blossom to admirable professionals.
The Practical 1 2, Technician-In-Training and Apprenticeship Training Programmes allow engineering personnel enough room to be innovative as it exposes them to the best engineering practices through insource dominated maintenance services”.
A Technician at TPT’s PE Multi-Purpose-Terminal, Khulisa Mbenya, added, “I joined TPT as a P1/P2 Learner. As a young, black and female engineer, I felt that all the odds were against me but the organisation proved me wrong. Engineering remains a male-dominated industry but I am proud of the strides that the company has taken to ensure that more women are brought onboard and developed enough to remain on par with other institutions and their male-counterparts.”
The perception that professionals have about Transnet has improved significantly from last year’s 14th place ranking to 2016’s 4th place. Other industry giants that were chosen as participants of the survey include KPMG, Deloitte, Sasol and Eskom amongst others.
“As the engineering management team, we are passionate about the development of future engineering leaders. Our contribution is seen through the opportunity we provide in an annual basis for eight (8) Trainee Engineering Professionals. This initiative is meant to address the shortage of the engineering skills in the country. The creation of a conducive environment to work and learn is one of the key ingredients. We are proud of the engineering skills that we continue to attract as Transnet Port Terminals”, concluded Dries Gouws, TPT Chief Engineer: Eastern Cape Region.
This achievement is an important honour, as it highlights the strides that TPT has taken in grooming a satisfied workforce that is valued and looked up to by other valued professionals throughout South Africa.