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South Africa’s Most Attractive Employer Awards ceremony, has awarded state-owned power utility Eskom with two accolades.

Hosted by Universum Global in Johannesburg this week, Eskom took gold (first) position in the category of South Africa’s Most Attractive Employer for Engineering and Technology students and bronze (3rd) position for Most Attractive Employer for Engineering and Technology professionals.

Accepting the award on behalf of the organisation, Eskom’s General Manager: Transmission Grids, Mr Jacob Machinjike said: “This award is proof that Eskom is not only Africa’s best energy utility but that it cultivates and promotes talent in the most crucial disciplines of our business; which are engineering and technology.

“We are proud of this achievement and will continue to contribute towards the advancement and growth of Africa’s energy transformation as well as sustainability.”

Universum is considered to be a global leader in Employer Branding. The organisation prides itself with working with top universities, alumni groups and professional organisations to gather insights from students and professionals in 60 countries in order to advise employers on how to attract and retain talent that fits their culture and purpose.

Eskom has a long and proud history of being in first position as the employer of choice among students and professionals in the Engineering/ Technology category from 2008 to 2014/15. In 2016, Eskom won third place in the “Student” category, sharing the podium with Transnet (1st) and Sasol (2nd).

In the “Professional” category, Eskom also came third, sharing the podium with Google (1st) and Microsoft (2nd).

Group Executive for Human Resources, Elsie Pule said: “This award comes at a time when it is important for us to recognise the role Eskom plays in creating a conducive environment for its current and future talent.

“It also indicates Eskom’s stance in business and the economy as it continues to upskill young professionals in their respective fields providing them with the necessary knowledge and skills, which they in turn, can utilise to better position themselves in any workplace on the African continent.”

The South African Student Survey and the South African Professional Survey are annual independent studies conducted by Universum South Africa.

The Student Survey is done in partnership with the careers centres of all the state universities and the professional’s survey is done in partnership with Alumni Associations and Professional Associations.

The survey questions respondents on a rage of career related matters including who they believe to be the Most Attractive Employers – those companies that they would most like to work for.

The Most Attractive Employer Rankings are the official rankings generated from this study.