Barrick Gold is providing funding to jumpstart a national program to develop skills in Tanzania’s mining sector. The Integrated Mining Technical Training (IMTT) program is a joint project of the Tanzania Chamber of Minerals and Energy and the Government of Tanzania.
The goal is to offer Tanzanians the skills they need to participate in the country’s burgeoning mining sector, reducing the industry’s reliance on foreign-trained workers.
Barrick Gold is financing the program’s startup, along with fellow miner AngloGold Ashanti.
Students in the initial stages of the program will focus on gold mining, to meet the greatest demand. However, training will eventually cover coal and other minerals. Administrators say they plan to seek both national and international accreditation for the technical training program in the future.
Barrick Gold is becoming increasingly involved in promoting skills development in Tanzania’s mining sector, with the goal of increasing local employment at its operations, particularly in senior positions. The company is working with the University of Dar es Salaam to improve the skills of its engineering graduates.
Barrick Gold has also signed an agreement with Tanzania’s Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, focusing on research, development, and transfer of technology.