KCM holds career fair for local high school students
September 16, 2016
CHINGOLA, 16th September, 2016 – Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) has held its inaugural career fair intended to expose high school students to careers in the mining industry and at KCM in particular.
The career fair held yesterday under the theme ‘Career choices are life choices’ at the KCM Mine Club in Chingola attracted 150 students from five secondary schools, namely KCM’s Nchanga and Konkola Trust Secondary Schools, and the government-run Chingola, Chikola and Kabundi Secondary Schools.
KCM Vice President for Human Capital Management Chimango Chikwanda said the company continues to invest in young talent because it has a long term vision for the future and this fair will help the students to interact with KCM on many career opportunities within the mining industry.
“The mine has a long life and will run for another 50 plus years to come. When you and I look around, the skills the mines will require to operate will come from you and the generations to come,” Mrs Chikwanda said.
Chingola District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) Boas Banda said in a speech read for him by the District Education Standards Officer Benson Chulumanda that the Government would continue to work closely with KCM to provide the students a chance to pursue careers of choice.
Mr Banda said the career fair would help to unlock the potential of the students.
“I have no doubt this career fair will equip our students with comprehensive and latest information on training and career openings,” he said.
He commended KCM for helping young people with life planning skills and strengthening career guidance services in schools to attract and retain talent for key industries.
Mr Banda informed that Government remains committed for providing quality, flexible and diversified study pathways for secondary school leavers in line with global Sustainable Development Goal seeking to provide education to all by 2030.
KCM spends over $600,000 annually on training and scholarships for students in secondary schools and universities in Zambia and abroad.
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Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) is one of Zambia’s largest copper producers, with mining operations in Chingola, Chililabombwe, Kitwe and Nampundwe. KCM is a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources plc (“Vedanta”), a London-listed diversified global natural resources company. The group produces aluminium, copper, zinc, lead, silver, iron ore, oil & gas and commercial energy. Vedanta has operations in India, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Ireland and Australia. With an empowered talent pool globally, Vedanta places strong emphasis on partnering with all its stakeholders based on the core values of trust, sustainability, growth, entrepreneurship, integrity, respect and care. For more information on Vedanta Resources, visit www.vedantaresources.com. The state-owned ZCCM-IH holds a significant shareholding (20.6%) in KCM. Since 2004, KCM has invested over to US$3 billion to upgrade and expand company assets. KCM is one of the largest private sector employers in the country and maintains one of the most comprehensive corporate social investment programmes in Zambia, focused on four pillars – education, health and sustainable livelihoods and sport.