South Africa like many countries around the globe is struggling with a shortage of key skills. A compounding factor in SA is the low interest and associated performance of learners with regard to mathematics and science in general. This has seen many businesses put untrained staff and in some case unsuited staff into technically challenging roles simply because alternatives are not available. Many of AES’s client partners previously engaged with boiler training and utility training service providers to try and address this issue. AES’s energy and utility plant operation partnership makes this approach redundant and mitigates the risk and cost associated with 3rd party training of staff. AES focuses on operating your boilers and utility plant with suitably selected and trained staff, that are supported through development and training as a result of their employment in a business specialising in and directly related to their work activity. The extended operational footprint of AES provides extensive knowledge and expertise for transfer to these staff, making them better qualified and lower risk custodians of energy and utility plant than the norm. The same level of input in terms of boiler training and utility training is provided by AES when it takes over existing operating staff, thus providing them with the exposure and support needed to be expert operators.