More national trainers at Porgera mine
Porgera Joint Venture’s (PJV) local recruitment, Job Ready Program (JRP), has successfully graduated another batch of workers with National Certificate 2 (NC2) in instructing and National Certificate (NC3) in training and assessment.
Wendy Solomon, who is currently an operator with the PJV maintenance site services department, is from Kulapi village, within the special mining lease (SML) area.
The certification now elevates her to a trainer in her department as officer – training and assessment.
Ms Solomon was a member of the fifth batch of JRP intakes who joined the program in 2017.
The first group of JRP trainees graduated in April 2016 when the program began.
“As one of the JRP among the experienced team in training, I am privileged, and I feel that I have moved a level up in my career,” Ms Solomon said.
“As a local Porgeran, I want to set an example and be a role model to my upcoming young ones, that if I can do it, they can do it too.”
To date, there are 143 trainers on the register of the Porgera Joint Venture (PJV), made up of both PJV employees and contractors.
And according to PJV employee development manager Xavier Jetson, each trainer is responsible for training and competency level assessment of at least 30 people at the Porgera mine and other operational sites.
“You have a responsibility to the company…we need to make sure that we are improving the quality and the skills of our workforce here at Porgera, because that’s what makes us better.
“We have a responsibility to safety. So, when we sign up somebody as competent, we got to have the confidence in ourselves, the systems…that they meet the minimum requirement under the assessment process.
“We can do all the training in the world but if we don’t assess against the minimum criteria we can’t have the confidence that when we sign them off as competent, that they can complete the job safely,” Mr Jetson told some of the graduating group on 28 April as they received their certificates at the Porgera mine.