Our Cerro Matoso operation in Colombia has provided funding for a new world class training centre where thousands of young apprentices will learn skills to kick-start their careers.

SENA, the National Technical Centre in San Jorge will provide training in a range of disciplines including electrical, mechanical, agricultural, automation and construction.

Speaking at a recent event to celebrate the completion of the second phase of the project, Asset President Cerro Matoso, Ricardo Gaviria said: “An education is the best bet we can make, not only does it transform the municipality, it positively impacts the region and the country.”

The second phase of the project saw the construction of five new learning centres equipped with the latest technology, increasing the number of apprenticeships on offer from 800 to 3,500 each year.

The President of Colombia, Iván Duque attended the event and toured the new facilities.

“Here is the commitment of social innovation of the private sector,” Mr Duque said.

“Cerro Matoso is a company that has been dedicated to mining in Colombia for many years and has adapted to the new concept of mining in the world, implementing better social and environmental practices, thinking about how to leave a legacy to the communities where they operate.”

The project will now enter the third and final phase of construction and when finished an additional 5,500 young people will be able to undertake apprenticeships every year.