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Freeport Dispatches 38 NMI Student Apprentices to Sukabumi

15 September 2017   |   CSR News
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Under Papua HR Development Training Program

A training program carrying the title of Papuan Sustainable Human Capital Development (PSHCD) has been initiated in embodiment of PTFI commitment to develop and build human resources among native Papuans. The program was launched on Friday (9/8) at the Nemangkawi Mining Institute (NMI) in Kuala Kencana with representatives from PTFI management and stakeholders in attendance.  

Under the PSHCD program, on Saturday (9/9) 38 NMI student apprentices will depart for Sukabumi in West Java to participate in a series of training courses for a full month. Throughout this period, participants will receive non-technical/character development training provided by a combined team of instructors from PTFI itself and professionals outside of PTFI.

In a speech delivered during the program opening, PTFI EVP Human Resources Achmad Ardianto said the purpose of training was to increase the soft skills of apprentices taking part in the program, with focus on attitude, mental and spiritual development in order to deal with the modern working world. “All participants of this program are select individuals with whom we have placed much hope, and therefore we expect all of you not to fail to follow the entire training from beginning to end,” Ahmad Ardianto said.

In carrying out the PSHCD program, PTFI entered into a partnership with the Mimika regency government, which shares the same commitment to develop Papuan human resources. Such a program is expected to bring about sustainable impacts for the people of Mimika. Esterlina Mangala, the representative from Mimika Regency’s Manpower, Transmigration & Public Housing Office also voiced the Mimika regency’s expectations to apprentices participating in PSHCD.

“All participants are emissaries of Mimika, all are expected to follow training from beginning to end, and all are expected to conduct themselves properly as representatives of Mimika Regency,” Esterlina said. 

A PSHCD participant, Maikel Yosias Bertabuy (28) expressed his pride at being afforded the opportunity to join the activity, and was enthusiastic because this would be his first trip out of Papua. “As a native Papuan chosen to participate in the program, I am grateful to NMI and PTFI, and hope to complete training successfully and accomplish the mission of becoming a better human resource,” Maikel uttered.   

This is the first batch of apprentices under the PSHCD program. The program will fund the participants’ transportation cost of a Timika-Jakarta return flight, living expenses for the duration of training, tuition, health insurance, and pocket money. The hope is that after receiving training, the apprentices will gain new skills and knowledge that will be practiced in the workplace and that will shape them to be more professional in discharging their duties and responsibilities. (Karel Luntungan)

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