Twenty-four (24) new apprentices have begun their training with Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) after signing their Indenture Contracts on 23rd February.
The trainees comprising of 12 males and 12 females, signed their contracts with OTML’s Training and Development Department and the National Apprenticeship and Trade Testing Board (NATTB).
Acting Manager Learning and Development Morris Nandun highlighted to the apprentices the importance of safety, discipline, and professional conduct at OTML.
“They were informed of the rules and standards of behaviour set out by the company including the Golden Rules, Safe Work Procedures, and OTML Values,” he said.
Catherine Elemi, who spoke on behalf of the apprentices thanked OTML for the training opportunity.
“It is an honour to be part of a world-class organisation that delivers world-class training, promote safe work practices and advocates for gender diversity,” she said.
The apprentices will undergo training in the fields of auto electrical, construction, electrical, plumbing, metal fabrication and welding, maintenance fitting and machining, refrigeration mechanic and heavy equipment fitting.
OTML Managing Director and CEO, Musje Werror, said with mine life extended to 2032 and potentially beyond, the company will be developing more Papua New Guineans through our Graduate Development, Apprenticeship and Preferred Area Development programs.
“We are looking for young Papua New Guineans with high potential not only in the academic space but also with the right attitude to contribute towards the success of Ok Tedi and the development of our country,” said Werror.
Since the commencement of the OTML Apprenticeship Program in 1989, OTML has developed over 1,123 tradesmen and women, 560 graduates and 699 preferred area trainees.