Professional development is one of the Group’s five core values. We are committed to ensuring that employees continue their professional development, with the aim of increasing productivity, efficiency and safety. The Group takes a long-term view of building capabilities and leadership qualities amongst its staff since these are critical to our growth strategy.
In 2018, employees each received an average of 62 hours of training (2017: 60 hours) typically consisting of 34 hours of safety training, 24 hours of professional education and four hours of additional education. Operational training includes a significant health and safety component that is not recorded separately as health and safety training. Topics include safe operation of machinery and vehicles, electrical and fire safety, labour protection training, physical fitness and professional development.
At Bozshakol and Aktogay, training and succession programmes aim to transfer skills from senior and experienced team members to a new generation of operators and managers. In 2019, the Group intends to establish a technical training centre at Aktogay.
Apprenticeships and technical college partnership, Aktogay
KAZ Minerals is committed to the professional development of its employees and to supporting the training of the next generation of mining professionals in Kazakhstan.
At Aktogay the Group has established an apprenticeship programme to give students practical work experience on its mine sites to coincide with their technical education at the local Ayagoz college, with 40 apprentices commencing training in July 2018. Apprentices benefit from skills transfer and real-world experiences, whilst the Group benefits from establishing a pipeline of future employees with relevant qualifications and an existing relationship with KAZ Minerals.
KAZ Minerals also offers grants to promising students, has funded the renovation of two classrooms at a college for welding and electrical training and provides a health and safety trainer every month to train students in modern safety systems and procedures. Feedback from the local community on the apprenticeship scheme has been very positive as the Group is opening up valuable employment and training opportunities for the local population.