In 2015, Glencore Coal implemented a skills development programme to address the high local levels of unemployment. Neighbouring communities had been increasing demands to be given employment within local operations. While our assets do offer some local employment opportunities, this has not addressed the region’s widespread unemployment, mainly because the core services at our assets cannot take on a great number of people in the current economic climate.
The main objectives of our skills development programme are:
- To assist local communities in developing employable skills
- To focus on youth development
- To identify transferable skills within the community that also encourage entrepreneurism
- To reduce dependency on our assets
339 community members have been enrolled into the programme so far. This project was recognised at the South African Colliery Managers Association’s 2016 awards ceremony.