There’s no denying it; times are tough. Even before the global pandemic hit, career prospects in South Africa are at an all-time low. The education system is in shambles, meaning many people graduate high school without any marketable skills. The prospects may seem bleak, but fortunately, there are ethical corporations trying to make a difference. One of these is Sasol, a mainstay in the global chemical and energy industry. In an effort to support local development, they offer their Sasol Learnership, Graduate and Postgraduate Programs.
In this post, we will learn a little bit about Sasol career opportunities, the vacancies at Sasol, how they work and how to apply. So, let’s learn about how these Sasol jobs might be the key to your bright future.
HL1: What, or Who, is Sasol?
Really Sasol needs no introduction, as their presence in South African life is largely ubiquitous. That means they’re everywhere.
Founded in 1950, they focused on mining coal and then converting it into synthetic petrol. Currently, they employ over 30,000 people worldwide with an operating income of $7 billion. More importantly, they devote themselves to social investment in SA, including sponsoring Banyana Banyana (SA’s female football team) and through their Sasol Learnership Program.
HL2: What is the Sasol Learnership Program?
This program offers high school graduates on-the-job learning, supported by structured or institutional learning. This means it’s basically a training program for young people to learn valuable skills in the chemical and energy production industry through both traditional book learning and practical work.
They offer a variety of specialist fields to receive training in, including:
- Chemical Plant Operations (AKA Process/Production)
- Instrumentation and Control
- Electrical operations
These Learnership Programs can lead to a variety of career opportunities, depending on what you’re interested in. Sasol careers that are available include:
- Artisan, Senior Artisan, Specialist Artisan, Master Artisan
- Technician, Technologist, Engineer
- Foreman, Area Manager, Operations/Maintenance Manager
- Learning Practitioner (LP), Principal LP, Learning Manager, Senior Learning Manager
To learn more, I encourage you to visit their official website at https://www.sasol.com/careers/careers/learnerships.
HL3: What are the Requirements to Apply for these Sasol Jobs?
As with any job, there are certain basic requirements for being accepted into the Sasol Learnership Program. Apart from basic people skills and the ability to communicate in English, they require basic knowledge of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).
The basic requirements are:
- You must have a matric certificate, which shows you have passed Grade 12 English, Math (SG or HG) and Physical Sciences.
- NB!! They don’t accept Life Sciences, Maths Literacy, Additional Maths, Functional Maths, Commercial Maths, Applied Maths, Science Literacy, Functional Science, Natural Science and General Science.
- Alternatively, you must be a current grade 12 student studying Math (SG or HG) and Physical Sciences and have a “Pass” mark in English.
- Pass at least 2 out of 5 subjects, plus Maths, Engineering Sciences, and Business English subjects, on the N3 certificate.
- Sasol jobs require the ability to speak, read and write English.
- Sasol jobs also require the ability to communicate and work well with others.
If this sounds like you, and you feel you will be a good fit for Sasol’s vacancies, check out their website at https://www.sasol.com/careers/join-our-team.
To apply, send an email with your CV attached to Learnership@sasol.com.
If your application is successful, they will offer you a place on a 1 to 2-year on-the-job training internship and their WIL programme.
HL4: Additional Opportunities for Sasol Careers
One final important subject to touch on is Sasol’s Bursary Program. Sasol awards bursaries for full-time university studies for Bachelor’s degrees in Engineering or Science. In addition to Bachelor’s degrees, they also offer bursaries for Postgraduate studies up to and including a PhD.
Should you successfully complete your degree, you will be employed after your studies through their Graduate Development Program.
For more info, check out https://www.sasolbursaries.com/welcome/sasol-yes-programme/.
To apply for Sasol careers outside of the Learnership Program, send an email with your CV attached to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, times are tough, but opportunities exist for those who seek them out. By taking advantage of the Sasol Learnership Program, people can easily leverage their skills into long-term careers at Sasol. You could even use the skills to set up your own business, where you provide services involving the skills you’ve learned!
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I hope you found this post informative and happy job hunting.