Saint-Gobain is partnering with YouthBuild International to address the critical skills shortage and high youth unemployment rate in South Africa. 

We have a number of YouthBuild opportunities in our business. 

These programmes range from structured learnerships, apprenticeships to opportunities for students to obtain practical experiences and support in our business. 

There are two training centers (South Africa, near Johannesburg):

  • one in Samrand
  • one in Germiston 

The Academy runs 6 to 12 month Learnerships. A Learnership offers an integrated opportunity for an individual to gain a work experience in basic steel frame housing, drywall and ceiling installation at a NQF level 2 and 3 (equivalent to a grade 10 qualification).

Applicants are screened and carefully selected according to criteria such as:

  • Health
  • Technical ability or experience
  • Communications competence 
  • Values and attitude
  • Results in the aptitude assessment
  • Once a learner has been selected by the Academy, they are required to achieve competency in 130 credits.

These credits are clustered into 4 subjects including:

  • Drywall (Safety, tools and assembly of components) 
  • Communications- E.g. Written and oral communication skills
  • Applied Mathematics - E.g. Calculating quantities and costing
  • Workplace skills- E.g. Understanding AIDS, First Aid Basics and business plans.
  • Competencies are based on a combination of practical and theoretical assessments. The ratio of practical to theory is 2:1.

Learn more: HERE

Not all programmes will be available every year across all countries in Africa. 

Contact us for more info on available programmes!

Did you know ?

A number of graduates have been employed as full time employees at various contracting businesses. This opportunity will give them further experience which will enable them to eventually become self employed contractors. However, there are a handful of skilled graduates who have decided to follow the path of entrepreneurs and generate their own customer base.