Education and skills training are at the heart of how we prepare communities for upcoming employment opportunities and local workforce needs. We develop and deliver industry relevant programs that strengthen the educational infrastructure and lead to a confident and skilled workforce.
training for operations program
In 2016, our team, in partnership with Lundin Gold, embarked on a three-year journey to ensure local community members qualified for positions at the Fruta del Norte gold project in southern Ecuador. We supported women and men to obtain their high school diplomas, and by March 2018, 210 participants had graduated from our accelerated high school diploma program. This paved the way for members of the community to be eligible for specialized training leading to long-term employment at Fruta del Norte. In 2018, with the support of Lundin Gold, we launched the Training for Operations program designed to teach recruits how to become underground equipment and process plant operators. To date, local community members, including indigenous people have received training with a 99% graduation rate. Post-graduation, 99% of all trainees are employed full-time, reflecting a substantial improvement in income and employment stability.
Jenny Alejandro is a graduate of the Training for Operations program and was offered full-time employment upon completion. Jenny was hesitant to pursue the program because she believed that jobs in mining were exclusive to men. Upon hearing that women could operate heavy machinery, Jenny was encouraged to join the program, gained confidence in the opportunity, and was supported to succeed.