The SAPREF refinery, which is jointly owned by Shell Refining SA and BP Southern Africa, is the largest crude of refinery in sub Saharan Africa and is home to some of the country’s top petrochemical professions. Situated in the city of Durban, on the East Coast of South Africa, SAPREF holds 35% of the country’s refining capacity. The company processes 24,000 tons of crude per day and makes 10 main products in 46 different grades. These main products include petrol, diesel, jet fuel, lubricating oil, liquid petroleum gas, paraffin, solvents, bitumen, marine fuel oil, and chemical feed stocks.
SAPREF produces 2.7 billion liters of petrol per year, which is enough fuel to take 800,000 cars around the world. SAPREF has 160,000 kilometers of pipe work, which is 4 times around the world. The company operates at temperatures of up to 700°C and at pressures up to 120 bars.
Oil tankers bring crude oil from countries in the Middle East, Europe and Africa. The oil is discharged by tankers at the single buoy mooring (SBM), about 2.5 kilometers off the coast near prospection and enters the refinery through an underground pipeline. The oil is stored in tanks, from where it is fed into the refinery. SAPREF manages the SBM on behalf of industry. Eighty percent of South Africa’s crude oil is supplied via the SBM.
Over and above the essential products that SAPREF produces on behalf of its shareholders, the refinery has a major economic impact. It also has a good strategy to be the leader in the competitive oil manufacture.
SAPREF has identified 9 communities in its immediate area and is committed to making a difference in those communities by supporting sustainable projects. These communities are Athlone Park Isipingo, Umlazi, Lamontville, Merebank, Austerville, Wentworth, Bluff and Fynnland. Initiatives that are supported are educational (specifically relating to math and science education), poverty alleviation and capacity building.
SAPREF is a Level 2 BBBEE contributor and employs approximately 700 people. Their major stakeholders consist of the surrounding communities, shareholders, customers, contractors, suppliers, trade unions, non-governmental organizations, direct workforce, indirect workforce and authorities.
SAPREF offers learnership programs in Chemical Operations to talented school leavers. The life-changing learnership programs are available to more than 70 young people for each year. Within the SAPREF Learnerships, you will be given the opportunity to build your career, hone your skills, expand your knowledge, and enhance your network. SAPREF Learnerships provide both theoretical and practical learning experience – giving you real work experience in the largest crude oil refinery in sub Saharan Africa.
SAPREF Learnerships in Chemical Operations are offered to students who have completed Matric or Grade 12. SAPREF starts the recruitment for learnerships on the third quarter of the year for the following year. Advertisements for SAPREF Learnerships are published on SAPREF’s career page.
Besides learnerships, SAPREF also offers apprenticeship programs to talented South African citizens. The available SAPREF apprenticeships are in the following fields of study:
- Mechanical Fitting Apprenticeship
- Instrument Mechanic Apprenticeship
- Electrician Apprenticeship
- Rigging Apprenticeship
Applying for SAPREF Learnerships and Apprenticeships
Applications for jobs, bursaries, internships, learnerships and apprenticeships should only be submitted in response to specific advertisements. Advertisements are placed in local media and on the SAPREF website.
In order to be eligible for SAPREF Learnerships and Apprenticeships, you must meet all of the requirements mentioned below:
- Be a South African citizen
- Have completed Matric or Grade 12 with a minimum pass of 50% or a D symbol in Mathematics and Physical Science or equivalent
- Have completed all modules in relevant s4 for the apprenticeships
- Able to communicate in English
- Able to work individually and as part of a team
Apply for SAPREF Learnerships and Apprenticeships by submitting the following documents along with the application form:
- Curriculum Vitae (CV), no longer than 3 pages and should include updated contact details
- Certified copy of valid South African identity document (ID)
- Certified copy of academic records including a matric certificate
Submit your application for SAPREF Learnerships and Apprenticeships via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for 2020 intake. You can also drop your application off at the SAPREF checkpoint. Please choose one of the mentioned methods when applying.
Selection is based primarily on academic merit. However, SAPREF looks for well-rounded individuals who demonstrate potential to excel in other areas of their lives. Applicants will undergo a selection process, which includes medical assessments and panel interviews.
Females are encouraged to apply for SAPREF Learnerships and Apprenticeships.
If you do not receive a response from SAPREF regarding your application within 4 weeks of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful.
SAPREF Learnerships and Apprenticeships do not guarantee a permanent position, although so, some of the previous successful candidates have been given the opportunity to join SAPREF as a full-time employee.
For more information, refer to the SAPREF’s Learnership and Apprenticeship official web page.
SAPREF offers bursaries to undergraduate students studying towards a Bachelor of Science degree and have the potential, determination and zest to achieve. SAPREF Bursaries are offered in the following fields of study:
- Chemical Engineering
- Electronic Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
You are eligible for SAPREF Bursaries if you meet all of the following minimum criteria:
- Be a South African citizen
- Be a student who have obtained an exemption in Grade 12
- Be accepted or enrolled at a recognized South African institution of higher education
- Achieve a minimum of 60% average in mid-year exam results
Holders of other bursaries, scholarships or grants are not eligible to apply for SAPREF Bursaries unless these are received as merit awards.
SAPREF Bursaries consist of an annual grant for full-tie study, and is renewable for each year, determined based on academic performance. The bursaries cover tuition, residence fees, meals, books, and practical work experience as set by the university.
Successful applicants will get the opportunity to work at SAPREF during their vacation periods, allowing them to gain practical experience in their chosen field of study.
If you think you have what it takes to join the SAPREF Team, submit your application via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications for SAPREF Bursaries must include completed application form, letter of motivation, Curriculum Vitae (CV) and latest academic results.
Learn more on SAPREF’s official website.