IMTT Press Release
TANZANIA CHAMBER OF MINERALS AND ENERGY (TCME)
STATEMENT TO THE PUBLIC
UPDATE ON SKILLS DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES
The Tanzania Chamber of Minerals and Energy (TCME) would like to commend the industrialization strategy that has been spearheaded by the fifth phase Government under the leadership of H.E. Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania. We have witnessed construction of new industries, confirmed plans to construct new factories and revival of old run-down and almost forgotten factories in Coast, Morogoro, Kilimanjaro and other regions. Sustainability of the industrialised economy that we are building relies on several factors among them having a well trained workforce of artisans to keep the wheels running at the factories.
The TCME has since 2009 been supporting the Integrated Mining Technical Training (IMTT) project at the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) Moshi campus.
A BRIEF HISTORY:
In 2009 TCME member companies collaborated with VETA in initiating a program of uplifting training standards at VETA Moshi campus with an objective of producing highly skilled artisans in Tanzania. Apart from making available highly skilled artisans to the then ever growing mining industry in Tanzania the project was in line with supporting the Tanzania vision 2025 in eradicating poverty through training and education.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between TCME and VETA to guide the project through the different phases from planning and implementation to monitoring, evaluation and sustainability. In that regard, US$2.4M was made available by the TCME member companies towards the project implementation.
APPLICATION OF FUNDING:
Two store rooms were converted into a training workshop. A completely new training workshop building was constructed on a piece of ground that was formerly used as a parking area at the VETA Moshi campus. Several classrooms were added. The existing Welding workshop; Electrical workshop and Motor Vehicle Mechanic workshops were refurbished and upgraded. 4 of the existing classrooms were refurbished. New tool kits and modern training equipment were supplied and upgraded where needed to ensure the intended higher training standards are achieved. 6 Trainers were sent to South Africa to upgrade their skills by attending 3-months tailor made ‘Train the Trainer’ programs. Training Staff were exposed to higher training standards by undergoing staff development at mine sites. An expatriate Project Manager was recruited to oversee implementation of the program. TCME has over the years continued to support the program by maintaining tools and equipment in the workshops and providing study materials and training modular books. At times the project faces Trainers shortages and TCME would hire part time Trainers to fill the gaps.
The program offers 5 trades namely:
1.<HME mechanics>2.<Plater Welders>3.<Fitters> 4.<Electricians>&5.<Auto Electricians>
At IMTT the students spend 3 years in the program. In each year a student will spend 4 months in the Classroom for theoretical training, 4 months in the workshop for Practical training and 4 months in field attachment in the mines. This approach ensures the production of highly skilled artisans at the end of the program. After the success at VETA Moshi campus the future plan is to roll out the program in other VETA centres.
STUDENT NUMBERS AND SPONSORSHIP:
On average we have had 240 students in the program per year over the past 9 years (2009 – 2017). Currently there are 205 students on the program. Of these 205 students, 79 are Sponsored students and 126 are Private students. 410 Artisans have so far graduated from the program since it started in 2009.
Mining companies and their contractors in collaboration with communities surrounding mines would search for potential students and enrol them in the program as part of their corporate social responsibility. The lucky ones will eventually end up being employed by the sponsors after graduating. Others will end up self employing or employed by other manufacturing industries.As part of the sponsorship the companies support the students with all their travel, tuition, meals, medical, accommodation charges as well as their pocket money.
TCME members have been and will continue to support this program.
The Main Sponsors:
˂ACACIA MINING PLC˃, through Bulyanhulu Gold Mine; Buzwagi Gold Mine&North Mara Gold Mine
˂ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI˃, through Geita Gold Mine.
˂Sandvik Mining˃ ˂Kabanga Nickel˃ ˂Pan African Mining Services> ˂Shanta Mining˃
˂Mantra Resources (Uranium One)> ˂Atlas Copco˃
TCME encourages other manufacturers to sponsor more students into this program and thereby assuring the country of availability of skilled artisans labour ready to work in the many factories currently under construction
Established in 1994, Tanzania Chamber of Minerals and Energy represents member companies in the formal mining sector, from junior explorers to large-scale producers as well as medium scale miners. Acting as a voice for the industry the Chamber plays a pivotal role within the sector as a mediator between the mining investment community and key stakeholders, most notably the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania and the public.
The Chamber and its members support a well-regulated local industry and place great emphasis on compliance with all relevant local and international laws and rules, including tax codes governing its members.
Tanzania Chamber of Minerals and Energy