With Andina’s support, Rio Blanco residents are trained to carry out mining operations

This is a new example of support by this division of Codelco with the objective of providing more employment options to members of its neighboring communities.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022.- More knowledge and options to enter the world of mining are part of the benefits that will be able to choose 20 residents of the town of Rio Blanco, who participate in the new job training promoted by Codelco Andina in this sector of the International Road.

This initiative is part of the company’s commitment to increase the recruitment of local labor, such as to date more than 200 people who have entered the division through partner companies, in jobs managed by the Together We Play Local program.

On this occasion, the beneficiaries started getting tools like geology and drilling assistants, with which they hope to find new job opportunities.

said Scarlett Ramirez, one of the neighbors who started the training. “It is a great initiative for the community and especially for us as women. The mining world is stigmatized as masculine and we have a lot to contribute,” she said.

The training consisted of face-to-face and online classes, so students received tablets to facilitate this new phase of study.

Gianella Larrondo, secretary of the Río Blanco neighborhood council, predicts that “this course will open up many job opportunities for our community. That is why it is important that our neighbors and neighbors observe class attendance and take advantage of the technological devices provided to them.

Cerbando Pichun, another resident who participated in the course, added that “This is a great initiative by Codelco Andy’s division to gain new knowledge and support us in our search for better job options.”

The workshop will be conducted in a blended mode and will be of 300 hours duration. During synchronous connections, participants will learn drilling support tasks such as storing mineral samples, performing maintenance on technical equipment, managing samples and preparation lists, among other theoretical content.

Andina’s Director of Community Development Abraham Bravo emphasized that “training is a very important step to strengthen the recruitment of local workers and that is why we are very happy to launch this new course. Contributing to employment in our neighboring communities is a commitment to We will continue to work.”

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