Workplace & Mentor

Who may apply to be a mentor and workplace host?

  • Companies, building owners, Energy Services Companies, Electrical Contractors Companies, Consulting Companies, Corporates with buildings requiring EPCs
  • Preferred region for employment Gauteng and Western Cape
  • The company must have a mentor available to guide the students
  • Where a mentor is not available, a suitable person to be allocated as a mentor for the mentorship programme so that they can mentor the student
  • Have available for the student and the mentor a computer and wifi as well as basic PPE gear for the online training and practical
  • The period of mentorship required is 31 January 2022 to 29 April 2022 at least 1 hour a day of attention by the mentor

Where to apply?

  • Invitations are circulating through social media, stakeholder networks, and TVET college contacts to apply to join the program
  • Visit the website and click on EPC Practitioner to find the application link
  • Applications are online only you can click here to apply as well: WORKPLACE APPLICATION

What to expect when you apply?

  • You will be asked a few questions around what you can offer the student that is suitable to support the programme which is completed in the online application
  • You will receive correspondence from us to confirm receipt, with a draft MOU for the programme, and a request for a meeting to clarify the programme requirements and any questions you may have
  • We will share a Dropbox link with you, where you will find folder for each student that applied where we will load their information such as qualifications and CVs, as well as a short video of them for you to view
  • You may select 3 students to interview for each 1 position you have available. IEPA will facilitate the set-up of the interviews on their Zoom platform so that you can meet the students online
  • Students will be allocated on a first accepted first place basis.
  • IEPA will issue fixed term employment contracts with students, do an employee induction to introduce them to the HR and Labour Policies and procedures, attendance requirements and stipend payments
  • IEPA will register students for UIF and SARS and manage those obligations
  • Students will report to your premises on 31 January 2022, undergo training for 3 weeks (of which the first 2 weeks will be online from your premises) and 1 week practical at the College of Cape Town, or Ekurhuleni East TVET College. Whereafter they will remain under your mentorship at your premises, or client premises for the duration of the programme until 29 April 2022

What will it cost a workplace to take part?

  • You will not have to pay for the programme or any books
  • The cost to the host workplace is time of the mentor, and the availability of a computer and wifi for the online training and assignment, as well as basic PPE gear

By when must a workplace application be in?

  • Workplace applications close on 15 January 2022 but may be extended until sufficient applications are received – first come first served to the most appropriate host workplaces

Where will the programme be held?

  • For Western Cape students the practical session will be at the College of Cape Town.
  • For Gauteng students the practical session will be at the Ekurhuleni East TVET College.

What will the workplace get?

  • An opportunity to ad EPC services to their portfolio of services by upskilling an employee (mentor) and a student which will generate an additional income stream
  • Students will be pre-screened, with short videos made available of the student, and their documentation and qualifications available from which a selection ca be made.
  • Host workplaces will have the opportunity to select students from the enrolled pool of students for interviews before accepting them for the mentorship at their company.
  • Each employer may choose 3 (three) online interviews per position to determine their final selection for the project and possible permanent employment
  • Host workplaces may include at least one mentor towards the EPC Practitioner Certification. This will not only provide a benefit to the employer of having staff upskilled/reskilled at no cost to the employer, which is also an aim of this project, but will cement commitment made to the taking a students for practical work experience.
  • Assistance and guidance will be provided by IEPA to new workplaces and mentors for the purposes of this project, and future workplace experience they may make available to the colleges that will run the EPC for Buildings short courses.
  • Students will receive stipends from the programme which will be managed and paid directly to the student
  • HR and labour relations matters are handled by the programme managers

What we expect from the workplace?

  • To provide the necessary assistance to the student to complete their assignment successfully and become EPC Practitioners
  • Provide the basic PPE gear, computer and wifi access for the online training and assignment
  • Induction of the student into the workplace on policies and procedures, as well as health and safety measures, and introduction to other staff members
  • Ensure a suitable building is available for the student to perform the assignment on
  • To endeavour to create employment for the student after the programme
  • Allow the project administrator or coordinator to visit the workplace to evaluate student progression
  • Comply with the attendance and feedback requirements of the programme for monitoring and evaluation purposes which includes:
    • Communicating with the project coordinator on any matters of concern as soon as they become a problem
    • Ensuring the students signs the daily attendance register
    • Submitting the attendance register to the project administrator on a weekly basis
    • Providing 4 question online feedback on the weekly activities of the student
    • Provide quantified feedback, to be verified by IEPA, on findings achieved that may contribute to the reduction in energy use or carbon emissions or cost savings