Eskom 'unfair to us'
AN Eskom learnership programme intended to empower matriculants left five trainees disappointed after they were kicked out for failing tests.
They claim they were expected to write tests before being given the necessary training and given only three days to prepare for each test.
Five trainees from Balfour, Mpumalanga, said they were told to write a test in a National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF) level three course, when they had not completed the level two course.
The trainees - Stephen Mhlambi, Paseka Motloung, Siphelele Mhlambi, Nicky Matshaya and Saphulusa Leemai - further said the test was based on field training, which they had not done.
Matshaya said: "We applied, wrote tests, and went for interviews. They brought us to Grootvlei power station to start the training.
"They told us we were going to do level two in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, but the accommodation was not ready .
"While we were waiting, they gave us level three modules. After three days, we learnt that we were writing exams and had to achieve 80% to pass or we would be disqualified."
Eskom spokeswoman Hilary Joffe invited the trainees to contact the training department at Grootvlei power station.
"We want to obtain more information so that we can attend to the issues raised by these learners."
She confirmed that in 2008 a group of 20 youngsters were recruited to undergo training at Grootvlei on NQF levels two and three.
"The intention was to recruit this group to staff positions within the production department at Grootvlei power station."
Motloung joined the learnership in 2009 and lasted for about eight months.
"I was kicked out of the programme two weeks before we finished," he said.
"I failed a test once and I was sent home. Others had failed three times but were given a second chance."
Stephen Mhlambi said according to the contract they were allowed to fail a module three times.
"We were unfairly treated," he said. - firstname.lastname@example.org