Oyu Tolgoi launches Pre-apprentice programme in Khanbogd

  • 24 trainees in first cohort
  • Participants will be skilled in preparation for job training

An Oyu Tolgoi sponsored ‘Pre-Apprentice Programme’ was inaugurated on Thursday in Khanbogd soum centre.

The event took place at the Khanbogd Technical Training Centre, and was attended by State Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Magnaisuren, Oyu Tolgoi LLC GM Infrastructure & Services, Andrew Miller, and senior officials from Khanbogd soum.

State Secretary Magnaisuren said: “The Ministry of Labour has been prioritising skills based training, and today I’m feeling grateful that our efforts have been realised through this programme. I hope that it will set a good example for others in the industry.”

Andrew Miller, GM Infrastructure & Services, Oyu Tolgoi said: “This is an important step forward in our commitment to developing capacity in the Umnugobi. Mongolian youths have great talent and potential and, working together with our partner communities, we are focused on developing skills to a global standard – fostering sustainable development for the long term.”

Over the next six months, the trainees will undertake specialised courses in electrical trade, welding, and mechanics - skills which are in high demand in the mining, construction and infrastructure sectors. These will receive internationally-recognised Australian trade certificates upon successful completion of the programme.

The programme will feature in-class and on-the-job training; Oyu Tolgoi’s Technical Training Centre, the Dornod Polytechnical College, and an accredited training provider from Australia will jointly deliver the programme.

The programme is an integral part of Oyu Tolgoi’s commitment to support local economic development, local employment, and procurement.

About Oyu Tolgoi LLC (www.ot.mn)

Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Mongolia's largest copper and gold mining company, is a strategic partnership between the Government of Mongolia and Rio Tinto. Located in the South Gobi, Oyu Tolgoi commenced shipment of product to customers in July 2013. Oyu Tolgoi is managed by Rio Tinto, which is investing global expertise and cutting-edge technology to help develop Mongolia’s mining industry and ensure Oyu Tolgoi is one of the world’s most advanced mines. For Oyu Tolgoi, nothing matters more than safety. The business operates under the principle that if a job cannot be done safely, it will not be done at all.

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