32 Papuan Students Graduate from NMI
02 January 2024
A total of 33 indigenous Papuan students were declared graduates after completing the apprenticeship program at the Nemangkawi Mining Institute. The graduation ceremony was held on Friday, December 8 at the Swiss-Bellin hotel in Timika, Mimika, Central Papua.
PTFI Senior Vice President of Community Development, Nathan Kum, at the graduation ceremony, said the internship program at NMI was part of the company's commitment to developing young Papuan students, especially those from the Amungme and Kamoro tribes. He also explained that a large number of the apprentices this time were girls. “Of the 33 participants who passed this internship, 30 percent were Papuan girls.”
General Superintendent of the Nemangkawi Mining Institute, Suzan Kambuaya, when met at the graduation ceremony, said the students had participated in an 11-month internship program that included six months of classroom learning at NMI and five months of direct internship training with departments or contractor companies within the Freeport area.
In addition, the interns participated in Basic Life Skills training as part of the Papuan Sustainable Human Capital Development Program in Bogor, West Java. During this three-week program, NMI apprentices receive training on workplace communication, discipline, teamwork, empathy, problem solving, PTFI values (SINCERE) and basic national defense.
As for the training majors, students in the class of 2023 focused on seven: Administration, Heavy Duty Mechanic, Electrician, Welder, Heavy Equipment Operator, Fixed Plant Operator and Civil Carpenter. Suzan added that almost 90 percent of 2023 NMI graduates now are working at PTFI and with supporting companies (private contractors). (Hendrikus)
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