South Africa: Building the skills the economy needs
In South Africa, there is a severe shortage of skills in the sciences. As part of our agreement with the government, we have developed three Science Centres near our operations in Sebokeng, Saldanha and Newcastle to support the nationwide STEM effort. We have invested over $1 million in these centres to improve performance in mathematics and science at schools and stimulate interest and curiosity in these fields. These three centres also provide information, knowledge and skills training to teachers, students, school-leavers and the general public in the communities around our operations. The Saldanha centre hosts a Girls’ Science Club, and has supported a number of students to enter STEM competitions and exhibitions to boost their confidence and skills. In 2014, some of our electrical engineers went with their professional body to visit Esokwazi High School in Sebokeng to talk to children about their career choices, and opportunities at ArcelorMittal.