Freeport-McMoRan’s Technical Training Programs Prepares Indigenous Papuans for Careers in Mining

Oct 3, 2019 9:05 PM ET
Press Release

October 3, 2019 /3BL Media/ — Hiring talent from regions where Freeport-McMoRan operates allows the company to incorporate local cultures and knowledge into its business systems while supporting local economies.

The company has created tailored training programs to help reach this objective.

PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI), a Freeport-McMoRan subsidiary, located in the remote province of Papua, Indonesia, prioritizes hiring indigenous Papuans. Approximately 98 percent of PTFI employees are Indonesian, 41 percent of whom are indigenous Papuans (up 5 percent since 2016). PTFI is working through its Papuan Sustainable Human Capital Development program to increase opportunities for indigenous Papuans – particularly those from the seven neighboring tribes – to join its workforce.

The program includes a three-week course to enhance life and work skills by teaching teamwork, behavioral safety and workplace compliance expectations. To date, approximately 200 Papuans completed the program and have been hired by contractor organizations to work throughout PTFI operations.

PTFI’s Nemangkawi Mining Institute in Papua has placed over 2,700 apprentice graduates into full-time employee and contractor positions at PTFI, 90 percent of whom are indigenous Papuans.

PTFI has supported the continuing education of nearly 300 of its employees in recent years (including 118 Papuans), through a combination of scholarships and partnerships with exchange programs both in Indonesia and other countries. The PTFI internship program also has provided educational opportunities to nearly 600 interns (including 120 Papuans) since 2013.

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