Glencore’s portable skills training brings hope of a better future for local communities

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Glencore’s portable skills training brings hope of a better future for local communities
UPSKILLED: Beneficiaries of Glencore's community skills upliftment programme Saujat Milazi and Sibusiso Sikhosanana, learned to ply their trade in woodworking and carpentry, a skill they can use to empower themselves and their families. PICTURE Supplied

The company has succeeded in training scores of young people in 20 different skills-sets over the past couple of years.


Glencore’s portable skills training for community upliftment provides life-long skills that each individual can use to benefit themselves, their families, and their communities.

The programme helps the youth to improve their prospects and advance their livelihoods either through self-employment or formal employment. With its operations for both the Coal and Ferroalloys division situated in communities where job opportunities and resources are scarce, Glencore is making a concerted effort to help unemployed community members to look beyond mining for employment opportunities as the courses offered are not confined to the mining sector.

Glencore’s portable skills training brings hope of a better future for local communities
Cathy Nkabinde who benefited from acquiring professional baking skills

“Education and skills development are one of the ways we progress together with our communities, with every new skillset acquired, we are helping to shape the future of the youth in our communities and expanding opportunities for economic growth.” Glencore Coal’s CEO, Murray Houston said.

Glencore has succeeded in training and upskilling the youth from local communities in over 20 different skill sets which include: event management, several engineering courses, business management, computer skills, tailor making and sewing, carpentry, welding, plastering, tiling & painting, security training, beauty training, early childhood development, firefighting, baking, plumbing, motor repairing, and road repairing among others.

Glencore’s portable skills training brings hope of a better future for local communities
Sibongile Lekele and Given Shabangu successfully completed a skills course in plumbing

The participants in these programs are previously disadvantaged individuals who seek to create better opportunities for themselves, their families, and communities.
“We want to ensure that we have resilient communities that are progressing through the upliftment and empowerment of the youth as they are our future leaders.” Ferroalloys CEO,Japie Fullard added.

Glencore’s portable skills training brings hope of a better future for local communities
Anele Sambo acquired a new skill in carpentry

Glencore’s portable skills training programme has been rolled out in five municipal areas in Mpumalanga, North West, and Limpopo Provinces. The programme will soon expand the skills courses offered to include skills and knowledge-sets required in the agricultural sector. Glencore has trained over 3 000 community members in the various courses since inception of the programme in 2014; a number which is sure to increase as the company continues living out its promise of progressing together with communities.

Glencore’s portable skills training brings hope of a better future for local communities
Phephile Ntuli and Penuel Mndawe completed their course in carpentry

For more information please visit glencore.com/south-africa