Sappi Skills Centres

"Sinekeza abantu amathuba okuphumelela - Giving people opportunities to succeed"

The primary focus of the Sappi Skills Centres is to provide local unemployed youth with vocational skills that will enable them to create local businesses. This is done through three categories of learning programmes:


Basic Handyman
Nine weeks of training covering either Electrical, Plumbing, Construction or Painting Handyman. This programme includes practical micro-enterprise development training. Unemployed youth from local communities around our operations may apply and are rigorously assessed before gaining a place on the programme. 

Basic Engineering Training 
This training takes place over six months and covers the basics of a specific trade. Engineering trainees go into the mechanical fitter, electrician and instrument mechanic training programmes. On successful completion the trainees earn a part qualification. 

Contracted apprentices 
Contracted apprentices are selected from the basic engineering trainees and then contracted and registered as apprentices. They conclude their institutional and practical training in Sappi facilities and are supported through to the trade test. 

The skills centres are resourced with serious and experienced artisans for the apprentice training. There is a strict focus on work ethic and discipline in the workplace and time is spent on life and business skills development. 




Our programmes are open to local youth from the communities directly adjacent to Sappi's mills and Forestry operations. We have two skills centres based in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumulanga. 
Application forms are distributed through local community leaders and schools at specific intervals during the year. 

For Sappi Skills Centre enquiries please contact: