Oyu Tolgoi begins construction of educational complex to house Mongolia’s largest vocational training programme

The first vocational training complex of its kind to be built since 1974, this complex will provide training for thousands of Mongolian students as a part of Oyu Tolgoi’s commitment to long-term development of the Mongolian skill base and economy.

The Minister of Education Mr. Otgonbayar joined Cameron McRae, President and CEO of Oyu Tolgoi LLC, and numerous national and local officials today to break ground on a new vocational education complex in the Nalaikh district of Ulaanbaatar. The complex is the first vocational education facility of its kind to be built in Mongolia in more than 35 years and will house Mongolia’s largest vocational training programme. The training programme, which is being developed in partnership with the Ministry of Education, will educate and train thousands of Mongolian students.

The Nalaikh complex is one of three vocational centres Oyu Tolgoi is developing across Mongolia and is part of the company’s commitment to developing, training and employing Mongolian nationals. Some of the first graduates of the training programme were on hand to celebrate the opening of the new centre. To fully develop the training programme, Oyu Tolgoi is investing 114 billion MNT –approximately 41,000 MNT per Mongolian citizen – over a five year period from 2010 to 2015.

During the opening ceremony, Minister of Education Otgonbayar commented “I am happy to be here today to witness the start of of Oyu Tolgoi’s commitment to education and training. Our joint efforts will help to achieve the goals of supporting the Government’s policies of providing short-term, quality training to people and providing employment opportunities at large development projects. I believe the new school that we are breaking ground on today will become one of biggest intellectual centres of excellence in terms of construction and in the training of highly-skilled specialists.”

At the ceremony, Cameron McRae, president and CEO of Oyu Tolgoi LLC, spoke about the vocational training programme being part of the company’s commitment to the long-term development of the Mongolian economy.

Mr. McRae saidWe are proud to invest in this world-class vocational training programme, which is the largest of its kind ever established in Mongolia. We are fully committed to developing, training and employing Mongolians and assisting the Government in addressing the skills shortage in the country. The educational centres we are building will help thousands of young Mongolians qualify for good jobs.

“Over a five-year period, the training programme will train over 5,000 Mongolian students at centres across the country in 23 disciplines, such as electrical work, plumbing, mechanics and heavy equipment operators. This extensive programme will help us meet our long-term commitment of having a workforce where more than nine out of ten people are Mongolian.

“Mongolia has a very bright future and we are thrilled to help educate and train the next generation workforce who will take this great country forward.”

In addition to the construction of the educational buildings, the training programme will include equipment and curriculum upgrades at existing centres in Erdenet, Ulaanbaatar, Darkhan and Choir. Oyu Tolgoi has also established a scholarship programme for 200 students to study at Mongolian universities, institutes and vocational training colleges and for 30 students to study overseas in mining-related fields.

The vocational training programme is a part of an agreement reached in July 2010 with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Social Welfare and Labour.

About Oyu Tolgoi LLC (

Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Mongolia's largest copper and gold mining company, is a strategic partnership between the Government of Mongolia, Turquoise Hill Resources 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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