Project - Dundee Precious Metals Krumovgrad invests in industry-specific skills in a non-mining region



Investor in Human Capital and Working Conditions

Project description

Project Aim

The project aims to provide lasting benefits to the residents of Krumovgrad Municipality by building skills in the mining business that might be useful in other types of occupations, too. Local residents shall acquire specific skills and knowledge as employees of our mining company or as participants in various trainings organized by DPMK. These skills shall enhance their future careers, as well as create new job opportunities. Delivered trainings in mechanic and electric maintenance, driving heavy trucks and specialized equipment, etc. At present, these are the most sought after skills and available job openings in the country.

Project Target Group

The project’s target group are DPMK employees (293), local community representatives, students from the local Vocational High School “Hristo Smirnenski” in Krumovgrad. Funds invested in trainings aim at raising people’s qualification, as well as create new skill sets that could be used in other occupational fields as well.

Project Duration

The project commenced in 2016 with the start of Ada Tepe construction works for setting up the new open pit and is still ongoing. The Company has officially committed itself to the training of local residents by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Krumovgrad Municipality in 2015.

Project Activities

Implemented trainings in the period 2016-2020: • Basics of mechanical support - training for the population of Krumovgrad municipality in partnership with the Vocational School of Transport "Hristo Smirnenski", Krumovgrad - the 4 editions of the program included 55 participants, incl. and women. 15 of them become employees of the company after the end of the program • Management of PSM - training for the population of Krumovgrad municipality - 10 people participated • Internal trainings for acquiring qualifications in areas for which there is an increased demand on the labor market for trained personnel - welders, forklift drivers, crane operators, qualification groups in electrical safety, etc .; • Internal training for working with specialized equipment • Leadership programs for different levels of managers / executives in the company • Building leadership skills by mentors in DPM Chelopech • Trainings for the engineering team in DPMCH • OSH training for all participants in all programs

Project Results

Thanks to the timely delivery of trainings, we had well-prepared people with industry-specific skills available for immediate employment at the Ada Tepe mine. We put a special focus on equal opportunities, both when applying for trainings and employment with the Company, which was motivating for many women, too, to acquire occupational skills traditionally seen as suitable for men only. At present, DPMK employs 293 people, 45 of them female. 97% of DPM employees are locals.