Brazilian company Vale begins workforce training program in Mozambique

29 July 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 29 July – Brazilian company Vale, in partnership with Brazil’s National Industrial Learning Service (SENAI), this week in Tete began a professional training course in the area of mining.

The course has 26 students and aims to prepare professionals for the coal mining project in Moatize province that was granted to Vale.

The creation of a second professional training course with 25 students is expected for this year.

The Professional Training program includes a theory phase of three to five months and a practical phase of six to twelve months at one of Vale’s units.

The program will follow the Brazilian model which, in 2008, received around 1,700 young people from various Brazilian states in which Vale is present.

In 2010 Vale’s training unit in Mozambique, which is already under construction, will be ready to use.

In March 2009, Vale began work on the Moatize Coal Mining Project, with an investment of over US$1.3 billion and production capacity of 11 million tons of coal per year.

Operations are expected to begin in the second half of 2010. The project will create jobs for 3,500 people, 90 percent of whom will be Mozambican.

When the factory is operational it will require 1,500 workers for its daily operation. (macauhub)