Corporate Training & Apprenticeship

Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) operates the Star Mountains Training Institute (SMTI) as a Registered Training Organisation (NTC # 019) in Tabubil and is committed to the development of its most valuable resource - employees.

Since 1982 more than 10,500 employees have undertaken education and training in some form. Programmes offered include Preferred Area Development (PAD), Apprenticeships, Graduate Development Scheme (GDS), Employee on-the-job training, in-country and overseas.

OTML recognises the importance of providing specialised knowledge, skills and training for the mine impacted communities in the Western and Telefomin District, Sandaun Provinces. We achieve this through the PAD Training programmes. These include Mine Haul Truck Operator, Articulated Truck and Bus Driver, Power House Operator, Mill Process Plant Operator, Rescue and Security and Office Administration Training.  This enhances their individual career prospects, as well as providing skilled labour for the Western Province and Papua New Guinea.

Our four-year apprenticeship training program covers the following trade areas:

  • Electrical Fitter
  • Electronics
  • Instrumentation
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.
  • Carpentry and Construction
  • Cabinet Making
  • Plumbing
  • Auto-Electrical
  • Heavy Equipment Fitters
  • Metal Fabricating and Welding and
  • Maintenance Fitting and Machining.

OTML’s training programmes have received strong endorsements through the Papua New Guinea Apprentice of the Year Awards. Apprentice employees from OTML are consistently at the top of the ranking, either as winners or runners-up, in both practical and technical areas.

OTML also has a Graduate Development Scheme (GDS), in which promising new university graduates are identified and offered positions in their respective study disciplines that features mentoring, further training and career possibilities. They undergo a two-year training program   after which they are offered permanent positions depending on their performance and position availability. This program provides valuable professional on-the-job training.

Whilst all the above training programs are designed to develop skills that benefit OTML’s operation, they are applicable across industries and many recipients have found employment in other companies in PNG and abroad.