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By Toni Dapshis

All incumbents that want to be considered for the programme must submit a letter of application, accompanied by a CV, certified ID copy, Driver’s License, School Leaver’s Certificate and any post-school qualifications.

The applicants that have met the minimum requirements are invited to an interview with a panel comprising the HR Manager, Technical Training Manager, Workshop Manager, Training Officers and Administrative Clerk. Both successful and unsuccessful candidates are informed via email or SMS. The successful candidates sign a training assistance contract for the duration of the training period after they have successfully completed a full medical and have been declared medically fit.

The course involves three phases covering 72 modules in which the apprentices gain theoretical knowledge in the mechanical and electrical fields, coupled with practical and workplace experience.

The apprentices are given the opportunity from early in their training to obtain workplace experience, working side by side with skilled and seasoned artisans. The experienced artisans provide apprentices with insight and practical knowledge on the maintenance, servicing and refurbishment of various components of the locomotive.

Upon successful completion of their Trade Test, the apprentices receive a red seal certificate that is endorsed by the QCTO. Traxtion is proud to be an advocate of women empowerment. The Training Centre signed on its first woman apprentice in 2019 and two more women apprentices were signed on in 2020 and they continuously perform as well as their male counterparts.

Selection Process – Apprenticeships

A Diesel Electrical Fitter Apprenticeship is a dual trade (both Diesel and Electrical skills) and normally takes three years to complete. Candidates must meet the minimum requirements of having successfully completed Grade 12/Senior Certificate with English, Maths and Science and/or have obtained an N3 Mechanical or Electrical Technical Certificate.

Intake Process

On an annual basis, the Training Centre applies for a grant from TETA to subsidise the programme through the Skills Development Levies it collects. If awarded a discretionary grant, Traxtion advertises the new apprentice intake according to the funding that is made available to it. Adverts are issued and displayed on all internal noticeboard, outlining the application processes that employees must follow.

All incumbents that want to be considered for the programme must submit a letter of application, accompanied by a CV, certified ID copy, Driver’s License, School Leaver’s Certificate and any post-school qualifications.

The applicants that have met the minimum requirements are invited to an interview with a panel comprising the HR Manager, Technical Training Manager, Workshop Manager, Training Officers and Administrative Clerk. Both successful and unsuccessful candidates are informed via email or SMS. The successful candidates sign a training assistance contract for the duration of the training period after they have successfully completed a full medical and have been declared medically fit.

The course involves three phases covering 72 modules in which the apprentices gain theoretical knowledge in the mechanical and electrical fields, coupled with practical and workplace experience.

The apprentices are given the opportunity from early in their training to obtain workplace experience, working side by side with skilled and seasoned artisans. The experienced artisans provide apprentices with insight and practical knowledge on the maintenance, servicing and refurbishment of various components of the locomotive.

Upon successful completion of their Trade Test, the apprentices receive a red seal certificate that is endorsed by the QCTO. Traxtion is proud to be an advocate of women empowerment. The Training Centre signed on its first woman apprentice in 2019 and two more women apprentices were signed on in 2020 and they continuously perform as well as their male counterparts.

Success Ratio – Technical Division

The Training Centre Technical Division boasts a 100% pass rate for its apprentices with regards to passing their Trade Test. One of the trainee artisans, Matthew Ritson, completed his apprenticeship and was appointed as a Training Officer in 2018. He complements the other staff and endeavors to uphold Traxtion’s legacy of maintaining a high standard of training within the division.

Artisan Training

Qualified Diesel Electric Fitters are required to do periodic recurrence training on Brakes, Overhead Cranes, First Aid, Forklift, and other job-specific tasks. This compliance training is facilitated and undertaken by Traxtion’s Training Centre and Training Officers – however, in some cases other accredited Training Providers are sourced for other training interventions. Informal and planned training is also provided for artisans where gaps have been identified in the theoretical or practical application of their work relating to specific aspects or tasks e.g., electrical fault finding, drawing and reading schematics, adhering to safety procedures, etc. Specialised training is also given where required e.g., Single Car Tester for expatriate Wagon Fitters.

Operational Training

Locomotive Driver, Shunter, Shedman and Production Coordinator.

The Operational division provides accredited training, which includes Loco-Driver and Shunter duties, Refresher Course training and IDP’s. Traxtion is proud of having promoted four Shunters, to-date, to Locomotive-Drivers after they successfully completed the required practical and theoretical modules.

A Qualified Team

Our Training Centre and Operational staff have been accredited to provide training in the following Unit Standards:

US 230405 – Operate electric locomotive class 5E1 including all upgrades Level 4 – 24 credits
US 230407 – Operate diesel electric locomotive class GM/GE including all upgrades Level 5 – 24 credits
US 230410 – Convey freight or passengers by rail Level 5 – 57 credits
US 230413 – Operate electronically controlled pneumatic train air brake system Level 5 – 12 credits
US 230414 – Inspect train load consist and test operation of train brake systems Level 4 – 14 credits
US 230417 – Operate a train equipped with a pneumatic controlled air brake systemLevel 5 – 12 credits
US 230418 – Operate, and regulate the safe movement of locomotive/s Level 4 – 10 credits
US 230419 – Operate electric locomotive series 6E including all upgrades Level 5 – 24 credits
US 230420 – Apply train dynamics and train handling Level 5 – 8 credits
US 256195 – Operate a diesel locomotive Level 3 – 16 credits
US 262445 – Provide on-track protection Level 3 – 5 credits
US 262448 – Utilize fixed and temporary trackside indicators for rail movement Level 3 – 3 credits
US 264242 – Co-ordinate operations of the heavy tamping machine Level 4 – 3 credits
US 264338 – Shunt rail vehicles Level 3 – 18 credits
US 264379 – Control rail movement by operating colour-light signals Level 4 – 12 credits
US 264381 – Utilize semaphore signals for rail movement on single lines Level 3 – 6 credits
US 264404 – Administer wooden train staff system of train control for safe movement on rail Level 4 – 5 credits
US 264415 – Administer track warrant system of train control for safe movement on rail Level 5 – 8 credits
US 264418 – Utilize pilot working for safe movement on rail Level 4 – 4 credits

 

The Training Centre is an intricate part of the Traxtion business and key to its DNA. It continues to provide expertise that will bring exponential growth to the business and the rail markets in and outside South Africa.

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