Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) plans to add 600 workers at its East London plant to begin production of the next generation C-Class in 2014.

The company started a recruitment programme which will see 800 applicants, from which 600 will be hired as production operators. Each applicant must have Grade 12 as the minimum requirement, and after hiring each employee will undergo training and skills development. Currently the East London facility has 2,200 workers. Mercedes entered a partnership with the Department of Labour, and it will select candidates from the department’s database of job seekers.

In 2010 Mercedes-Benz South Africa signed a contract with Daimler to be the only one of the Company’s four sites worldwide to build the W205 C-Class, also gaining a R2.5-billion investment in local operations.

Each candidate will be required to complete a multiphased assessment process, before being accepted to the skills programme. MBSA has also prepared a training center where each new employee will undergo two months of training in automotive theory, plus practical content.

“The skills training programme is the most robust training initiative the company has undertaken since the mass recruitment drive for the W203 project, which took place in 1999,” says MBSA human resources VP Johann Evertse.


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