Learning pathway in mining

Maptek Africa has embraced a Learnership program to introduce young people into the mining industry.

A year ago Business Administration learner Dumisa Mhlobo was eagerly anticipating the opportunities ahead in his new role with Maptek Africa.

Dumisa joined Maptek with a keen interest in the administrative side of the business and his experiences have now inspired him to follow a new dream to become a surveyor.

‘After visiting mine sites with Maptek experts and attending a presentation at the local university I developed an interest in survey and our Maptek products in particular,’ Dumisa says.

‘Growing up, the only careers commonly coupled with success were a doctor or a lawyer, but after being introduced to Maptek that perception quickly changed.’

Dumisa has accepted the position of Learner Surveyor at Maptek and in March 2019 will begin studying through the Chamber of Mines, starting with his Elementary Survey Certificate.

‘I’m super excited! I can’t wait to go onsite and fully apply what I’ve learnt,’ he says.

‘I’m currently being mentored by Ayanda Njotini, an experienced surveyor who knows the power of our systems and the inner workings of the industry, so I’m in good hands.’

Dumisa will be supported to undertake his studies while continuing to help the Maptek team with the logistics of implementing Maptek R3 laser scanners on customer sites.

The Learnership program aims to help young people enter the workforce through training and workplace learning. Dumisa appreciates the benefits of being part of this initiative.

‘I’ve learnt how mining technology has transformed operations to meet the increasing demand for efficient production and opened the door for new job opportunities,’ Dumisa says.

‘I really like the atmosphere at Maptek, and how the company continuously invests in its employees. My personal highlights have been when I created my first surface and calculated stockpile volumes, and when I was offered a permanent position at Maptek.’

Elton du Plessis, Regional Manager Mine Measurement, says the Learnership program has been a win-win.

‘It’s a great opportunity to expose young people to careers that they wouldn’t normally have known about or thought of going into, it’s really empowering.’

Based on Dumisa’s success, Maptek Africa will continue this program in 2019.