TWENTY-six young Papua New Guineans were the proud recipients of certificates after graduating at the 35th Combined OTML Graduation Ceremony held in Tabubil recently.

The graduands from the three different training schemes; Graduate Development, Apprenticeship Training and the Preferred Area Development Training (PAD) – Business Studies have now completed their 2 to 4 years traineeship with the company.

“Ok Tedi takes very seriously our commitment to the development of young trainees. It is good business for us in order to ensure we have a continuing supply of talented employees to provide fresh new perspectives and diversity, but also to contribute to the national talent pool of qualified personnel for development of PNG’s economy,” said OTML’s Deputy CEO and GM of External Relations, Musje Werror, when delivering the keynote address at the graduation ceremony on behalf of the OTML Managing Director, Peter Graham.

“This year alone we have a total of about 140 young people in training, including our Graduates, Apprentices and Preferred Area Trainees. Since its inauguration in 1982, more than 11,000 people have participated in training in the Ok Tedi Training Centre through our various traineeships and in-house training programmes” Mr Werror said.

In congratulating the graduands, he said he was pleased to see a number of females in the group graduating in non-traditional female disciplines.

“We are determined to do more to increase our gender diversity and increasing female representation in our workforce, ensuring we have a workplace free from bias and harassment,” he said.

He also challenged the graduands to continue to build on what they have learned with Ok Tedi and to continue to apply the Ok Tedi Values of Safety, Integrity and Teamwork and Performance to be successful in their careers.

Mr Werror also commended the National Apprentice and Trade Testing Board’s commitment to this partnership to develop the national talent pool.