Thirty-seven (37) new apprentices have joined Ok Tedi Mining Limited’s (OTML) Apprenticeship Training Program, bringing the total number of apprentices currently undergoing the program to 73.

The first-year apprentices signed their Indenture Contracts with OTML and the National Apprenticeship Trade Testing Board (NATTB) on May 16th in Tabubil, Western Province.

The 37 apprentices include 19 males and 18 females who are enrolled in various trades including auto electrical, carpentry, cabinet making and joinery, electrical, heavy equipment fitter , maintenance fitting and machining, metal fabrication & welding, plumbing and refrigeration and air-conditioning.

The apprentices will undergo 4 years of apprenticeship training which will include practical placements within the company, extension and block courses either onsite or through various registered institutions in the country that will contribute to the final attainment of their trade certificates.

OTML General Manager People and Capability, Mark Stone welcomed the new apprentices and highlighted the importance of safety, discipline and professional conduct while in training emphasising the OTML values of Safety, Integrity and Teamwork to be used as guiding pillars in their apprenticeship journey.

He said “safety is the most important thing in everything we do. If we can’t do it safely, then we simply can’t do it!  We want people to work hard but go home at the end of the day without having done any damage to themselves, others or any equipment.”

NATTB Officer, Lyn Kila, appealed to the new hires to ensure they embrace the opportunity with OTML and do their best to successfully complete the training program.

Ms Kila said, “This is an opportunity that cannot be taken for granted and with the signing of this contract you are bonded by the contract to both NATTB and OTML.  Follow the binding contract and the OTML rules and regulations to complete this training. This is a privilege that you need to take advantage of for a good career path in life.”

Since 1989, a total of 1,093 apprentices have undergone the OTML Apprenticeship Training Program.