Caption: Winners of Mechatronics/ Electronics bursaries with Siemens Executives. Source: Siemens

Participating in the 38th annual Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair, Siemens is proud to have been a premium contributor, awarding a three and a half year Mechatronics/Electronics apprenticeship in Berlin worth over R1 million.

Brad Etienne Spies, a learner from D.F Malherbe High School in Port Elizabeth was announced as the recipient of this sponsored apprenticeship in addition to a guaranteed job at Siemens South Africa after completion.

The innovative tech firm explains that the apprenticeship is an academic and vocational training programme, which will afford the incumbent an opportunity to take part in a high-level training course in Berlin. Read more: Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, open to the public

Over a three year and a half year period, Brad will learn valuable theory at the Siemens Professional Education Vocational School, and then put what he/she’s learnt into practice at the training center in Berlin.

He will also have the opportunity to work on some of the most advanced digital technologies in the engineering field.

CEO for Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa, Sabine Dall’Omo said: “Investing in the future of young, African engineers and innovators is part of the Siemens DNA. Our continent can only prosper if we empower and develop our young engineers and those who can make a change in Africa, for Africa.

“This is a unique opportunity for promoting both international and multicultural exposure within Siemens while advancing the skills Siemens would require in the future.”

The international firm also awarded two other students from Limpopo who presented commendable projects with full university bursaries worth over R1 million. Other prizes from the company included science kits and tablets. All the winners were announced at a gala evening on the 5 October 2018.

“Siemens has a longstanding partnership with the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists. Our collaboration is focused on the commitment to investing in and developing the skills of our future engineers, for the long term. For us, it is about creating a lasting legacy in Africa,” Sabine Dall’Omo added.