Twenty one Khanbogd residents celebrated last Thursday as they completed a unique training programme strengthening their skills as they enter the job market.
The six month Oyu Tolgoi Pre-Apprenticeship programme started in October 2015. Over the past six months, the trainees undertook specialised courses in electrical trades, welding, and mechanics and received internationally-recognised Australian trades. The skills that the programme focused on are in high demand in the mining, construction and infrastructure sectors, equipping the participants to enter the job market.
To mark the completion of the programme, a graduation event took place at the Khanbogd Technical Training Centre attended by Minister of Labour Mr Bayarsaikhan Garidkhuu, senior Khanbogd soum officials and representatives of Oyu Tolgoi management.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Minister Bayarsaikhan Garidkhuu said, “Today is a special day for all involved in this meaningful project. Thanks to the cooperation between Oyu Tolgoi and its partnering institutions, these bright young people are trained to internationally-accepted Australian trades certification standards. I’m confident that they will contribute to the prosperity of their own community as well as Mongolia.”
Michael Gavin, Oyu Tolgoi’s General Manager of People & Organisation said, “Congratulations to the participants of our pre-apprenticeship programme. Working with us these young people have successfully developed international standard skills and knowledge. Training and skills transfer are central to Oyu Tolgoi’s sustainable development approach. This is just one programme in a series of investments and partnerships we have made focused on education.”
“By implementing this programme and others, our company helps meet the commitments we have made and to forge long-lasting, sustainable partnerships locally.”
The programme featured in-class and on-the-job training jointly delivered by Oyu Tolgoi’s Technical Training Centre, the Dornod Polytechnical College, in collaboration with Subutai Mining Services LLC and TAFE Queensland Skill Tech – a highly experienced Australian training provider.The company has just announced an 18-week pre-employment training program in Khanbogd, which provides a combination of the necessary skills, knowledge and practical experience to assist participants in finding employment opportunities. Successful graduates will be awarded Australian trades certificates.
About Oyu Tolgoi LLC (www.ot.mn)
Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Mongolia's largest copper and gold mining company, is a strategic partnership between the Government of Mongolia, Turquoise Hill Resources and Rio Tinto. Located in the South Gobi, Oyu Tolgoi commenced shipment of product to customers in July 2013. Oyu Tolgoi is managed by Rio Tinto, which is investing global expertise and cutting-edge technology to help develop Mongolia’s mining industry and ensure Oyu Tolgoi is one of the world’s most advanced mines. For Oyu Tolgoi, nothing matters more than safety. The business operates under the principle that if a job cannot be done safely, it will not be done at all.