Papua New Guinea copper, gold and silver producer Ok Tedi Mining (OTML) has welcomed two dozen new apprentice workers to its fold.

oktediclassThe group of 12 males and 12 females signed their indenture contracts on 23 February with the OTML Training and Development Department and the National Apprenticeship and Trade Testing Board (NATTB). They are among the 1,123 tradesmen and women, 560 graduates and 699 preferred area trainees the company has seen complete its apprenticeship program since its 1989 founding.

Like those before them, the apprentices underwent training in 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 miner will be working to develop even more Papua New Guineans through its graduate development, apprenticeship and PAD 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.

The Ok Tedi mine in Mt. Fubilan, near Tabubil, Western Province, is the longest running open-pit copper, gold and silver mine in Papua New Guinea. 

Source: Ok Tedi Mining