Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OMTL) Executive Leadership Team (ELT) welcomed a total of forty-three trainees under the 2023 OTML Apprenticeship Program and the OTML Preferred Area Development (PAD) Training Program during a combined welcome session at the Tabubil Country Club on October 16.
Of the 43 trainees, 22 were recruited under the OTML Apprenticeship Training Program out of 338 applicants, and 21 local trainees were recruited under the Preferred Area Development (PAD) Training Program out of 1,476 applicants.
General Manager Engineering, Infrastructure & Projects Franz Hemetsberger challenged the new trainees to grasp the opportunity and make the most of it to become the best in their respective fields.
“You join a group of elites and one of the fortunate few in the country that were selected to join the OTML Apprenticeship and PAD Training Programmes out of many others – so build your skills and make the most out of it to be experts in your fields of training,” said Mr Hemetsberger.
“PNG needs people to become experts in many fields as we are still a relatively young country building up our capability. So you should take this opportunity and learn as much as you can and give your best during your years of training.”
The apprentices will undergo a four-year training program while the PAD trainees will go through a 2-3 year training program depending on their fields of training.
The apprentice trainees’ trade disciplines include; electrical, metal fabrication & welding, mechanical fitting & maintenance, carpentry, plumbing, instrumentation, heavy equipment fitting, auto-electrical and the refrigeration & air-conditioning. The PAD trainee’s disciplines are; plant process operations, competency based training, power operations, business studies, fire rescue and load management.
Since 1982, OTML has developed over 1,139 tradesmen and women through the Apprenticeship Training Program, and 679 PAD trainees.