First Quantum advances local employment, skills development drive in Zambia

Highlighting the success of copper, gold and zinc miner First Quantum Minerals (FQM) in actively recruiting locals from within the North-Western province in Zambia, its Kansanshi mine employed 72 locals in July.

The mine is also investing in the training of the new employees.

The company reports that a comprehensive skills development programme is improving operations in its projects.

Besides creating local employment opportunities, the mine is providing training opportunities for local economic empowerment and an improved skills base.

FQM Kansanshi Foundation social responsibility manager Bruce Lewis says that, through its job centre, FQM is helping people find work through services such as job-hunting programmes and applying for internal vacancies.

He adds that local community members on the mining firm’s database are screened based on attitude, aptitude and against pre-qualification criteria for yearly vocational training opportunities offered through the Kansanshi Foundation to enable them to take on more skilled roles.

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