Subtech Celebrates Youth Week!

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Subtech Celebrates Youth Week!

As part of our business strategy we are engaged in the process of developing black South African commercial divers to ensure local capacity in a career that has long been dominated by white males.

Subtech applied for and was awarded discretionary funding by TETA (Maritime Chamber) in the 2016/2017 TETA financial period to develop 8 Class 3 Commercial Divers over a 12 month period. This allowed us to select and develop African youth through active deployment into operations to ensure that they gained much needed on-the-job training and experience. On the 31st of May the Subtech selected group of TETA Diver Trainees finished their training period.

However, before we said our goodbyes we asked each of the trainees to tell us about their experiences over the past 12 months.

Name: Mhlonishwa Hlongwane               Age: 23               Hometown: Inanda
Are there any new skills that you developed during your learnership?
Yes, operating power tools (Hydraulics) and launching boats.

How will this experience affect your career?
It has made me more ready for the diving world.

Name: Siyanda Dlamini               Age: 26               Hometown: Hammarsdale

From which job/project did you learn the most?
The bedim project! I learnt to operate lifting bags, and handle ropes all in zero visibility.

Are there any new skills that you developed during your learnership?
Reporting on your dives, during and after, teamwork, task management and responsibility.

Name: Nkululeko               Age: 23               Hometown: Tongaat

How will this experience affect your career?
I’m more aware of what I’m expected to behave in the workplace.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to yourself before starting this learnership?
I would teach myself to remain positive no matter the situation.

Name: Sinenhlanhla Gumede               Age: 25               Hometown: Inanda

Are there any new skills that you developed during your learnership?
There are lots of skills I’ve learnt during my learnership such as, how to operate cranes and excavators, working with ropes and how to tie barges onto the bollards.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to yourself before starting this learnership?
The advice I would give myself would be that in life you have to deal with whatever situation upfront.

Name: Simangaliso Dlamini               Age: 22               Hometown: Hammarsdale

What has been your favourite memory from the last year?
Diving in different jobs, such as the bedim laying job in the harbour, the water jetting job, the Dormac dredging job and then completing inspection jobs – which I found the most interesting experience.

What was your favourite job?
It’s a tie between the bedim laying and water jetting in the harbour. Diving in zero visibility water was an adventure although the condition of water was sometimes harsh.

 Name: Phawulani Mkhize               Age: 24               Hometown: Inanda

From which job/project did you learn the most?
I learnt a lot from the Anodes job. Especially how work with a team,  to make sure that everyone is safe, how to be responsible and how to work under difficult circumstances.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to yourself before starting this learnership?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and try to be more involved in every task or job.

Name: Siyabonga               Age: 24               Hometown: kwaMashu

What was your favourite job?
Diving at Phongolo dam, where we were dredging between pump rails to create a path to the water-delivering pump.

Are there any new skills that you developed during your learnership?
How to use a cutting torch and hand tools, welding, operating any pump type. Most importantly how to plan a job and knowing the different equipment and which to use specific job.