Resource development offers direct and indirect job opportunities, with most positions requiring specialized skills training. The Lundin Foundation partners with local training institutions to provide industry relevant programs, ensuring local community members have access to emerging employment opportunities.

Building Technical Training Capacity

Over 60% of employment opportunities within Kenya’s emerging oil and gas sector are expected to require vocational and technical training. To equip the local population with the necessary skills to access these opportunities, the Foundation partnered with Africa Oil and the Turkana County Government o upgrade the Lodwar Vocational Training Centre. Together, we are focusing on strengthening training capacity in Lodwar, Turkana, where the most promising oil discoveries have been made.

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Lodwar Vocational Training Centre

Most employment opportunities in Kenya’s resource development sector require technical training. The upgrade of the vocational training centre includes faculty and management capacity building, and modern, industry-relevant training facilities in three high-demand skill areas: electrical installation, plumbing and catering.

access to training

The Training Centre now offers ten accredited programs to over 200 students annually from the Turkana area, enabling locals to access skilled employment opportunities.

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The Lodwar Vocational Training Centre is now viewed as a Centre of Excellence, attracting youth within and outside the county. Graduates are more marketable due to the quality of the training and are readily securing employment
— John Karanja, Former County Technical, Vocational Education and Training Director

Raising Education Levels in Ecuador

Accelerated High School Equivalency Program

Lundin Gold is developing the Fruta del Norte project in southern Ecuador. The area suffers from high rates of illiteracy, low levels of education, and poor educational infrastructure - all of which are barriers to employment. In 2016, the Foundation partnered with the Ministry of Education and Fe y Alegria to launch an Accelerated High School Education Program, with the goal of graduating 150 students. The program was delivered part-time in the community and at the Fruta del Norte camp, using tablet computers to deliver the curriculum. The program exceeded its target, with 210 successfully graduating and receiving their high school diploma in 2017

Students included Fruta del Norte workers, Shuar indigenous members and community members from all walks of life, including mature workers who had not previously had the opportunity to complete high school. 


Three Generations Graduate from High School 

It’s not often that three generations graduate from high school at the same time, but that’s exactly what Rosa Chamba, her daughter and granddaughter are doing. Grandmother Rosa, 53, and mother Aide Chamba, 32, enrolled in the Accelerated High School Program available to community members living in proximity to the Fruta del Norte project. They graduated from the program and obtained their high school diploma earlier in 2017. Yadira Uchuari, 17, granddaughter of Rosa and daughter of Aide, will also graduate from high school this year.

Rosa Chamba, feels proud of herself and her daughter Aide for completing the Accelerated High School program.

Rosa Chamba, feels proud of herself and her daughter Aide for completing the Accelerated High School program.

Despite the economic adversities that I have experienced and the long distance to go from home to school, I felt extremely motivated by having this amazing personal and academic opportunity. Participating in this program has been a priority for me since I never had the chance or the support to study.
— Rosa Chamba, 53

Training for Employment

The Foundation has developed a strategic approach to building a skilled local workforce committed to safety, efficiency and productivity. Capacity building with Ecuadorian training institutions and leveraging existing infrastructure helps to maintain a sustainable training program throughout the life of the Fruta del Norte project. The Foundation delivered an introductory level course to around 80 students in Construction, Electrical, Welding and Iron Working. Over 552 community members also participated in an Introduction to Mining Program designed to communicate mining industry opportunities  and career pathways.


After losing her job in the public sector, Paola Jumbo, 32, decided to help her husband in his welding shop. She became the first woman enrolled in the welder helper course, one of the four Training for Construction programs offered in 2017. With her new skills and an understanding of welding terminology and tools, Paola not only feels more confident in her ability to talk knowledgeably to customers in the welding shop, but has also made a number of products and is very proud of her creations. 

I was the only woman in the course and felt nervous at first. Once I got to know my colleagues and the instructors, I felt much safer and confident. As a result of attending the program, I have recently started a small business in El Pangui, where I sell welding tools and supplies. It’s an early stage, but I hope my business does well.
— Paola Jumbo, student - welding course