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'FQM training programme' for women

Training of the first ever all-women intake at First Quantum Minerals’ Kwambula centre at the Solwezi Trades Training Institute is underway as part of the mine’s long-term vision to address gender imbalance across the sector.
The 42 women have started training in the mining firm’s four engineering artisan craft certificate programmes: fitting and turning, electrical, metal fabrication and heavy equipment repair.
“We have had a small number of women who have successfully completed these courses already, but this is the first time that we have a 100 percent female intake,” said FQM’s Kansanshi Foundation manager Bruce Lewis, who explained that entry requirements were stringent and involve a difficult entry examination along with a minimum of grade 12 with mathematics and science.
FQM has invested more than US$50 million in education and skills development in Zambia. The education package extends from early childhood education programmes, through all levels of schooling to its Kwambula Training at the Solwezi Trades Training Institute (SOTTI).
In January 2012, FQM, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, launched Kwambula, a three-year apprenticeship programme designed to help high school graduates move into trades such as power electrical, welding, metal fabrication and mechanical skills.



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