A new mining workforce training centre is set to be established in Guinea by International gold producer Nord Gold SE near its Lefa mine. Once fully completed, the centre is expected to improve the technical skills of 1,300 workers who work for Nordgold in the country.
The centre which is estimated to cost US $800,000 will have well equipped facilities that will include a maintenance workshop covering 24 different types of equipment, a welding section and a mining fleet operator simulator. These facilities will allow the entire workforce to further develop their skills sets which are specific to each person’s individual roles.
According to Norgold’s Human Resources Director Yulia Sklar, West Africa is an important part of Nordgold’s business model, with approximately half of the company’s gold production coming from the region. “It is therefore vital that the regional workforce continues to develop its skills and help take our company forward. The construction of the West Africa Training Centre in Guinea will help us achieve this goal. In particular, the centre represents part of our strategic Employee Development Programme while being fully in line with our overall Operational Strategy,” he added.
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Nordgold is an internationally diversified gold producer established in 2007. Nordgold has a proven track record of operational excellence and benefits from a significant international development pipeline. The Company is relentlessly focused on shareholder value, committed to running safe, efficient, profitable operations, which enable it to generate strong cashflows and in turn, continue to invest in its pipeline of new growth opportunities while generating returns for investors. In 2018, Nordgold produced 907 koz of gold.
Nordgold operates 10 mines (5 in Russia, 3 in Burkina Faso and one each in Guinea and Kazakhstan). It has several prospective projects in feasibility study and advanced exploration phases, as well as a diverse portfolio of early-stage exploration projects and licences in Burkina Faso, Russia, French Guiana and Canada. Nordgold employs over 8,000 people.