MARCH 31 2022

FQM Trident Graduate Programme Toasts Fresh Team

KALUMBILA, ZAMBIA – FQM Trident Limited, a subsidiary of First Quantum Minerals Limited, has welcomed 12 fresh Zambian graduates from national and international universities, as part of its strategy to ensure the availability of critical skills within the business.
The programme offers graduates an opportunity to work for one of the fastest-growing mines in Zambia and position themselves in careers in the mining industry. The students, who have qualifications in various engineering fields including, mechatronics, mechanical, and electrical, will undergo a talent and leadership development programme.
The graduate programme is in tandem with the Government’s agenda to equip fresh graduates with jobs within various disciplines such as mining, and also goes a long way in realising the skills development plan for localisation of critical jobs.
During the welcoming brunch for the graduates, FQM Trident Limited’s Human Resource Manager Brighton Mwiinga said the objective of the local graduate programme was to provide succession and leadership pipeline.
“The programme is also meant to build capacity for the organisation to achieve the competitive advantage required by organisations especially in an industry that is highly competitive both at local and international levels. The challenge is that we have people that are sought after the world over because our workforce is refined and come from a world class Mine,”said Mr Mwiinga.
Joel Kanenga Simukoko, a Mechanical Engineer, shared his excitement at being selected under the graduate programme: “Clearly this is a company that thrives on excellence to attain the best results and personal growth. This is a place where I will grow my technical and management skills and to see the whole company as a concept that works together.”
And one of the only two women on the programme, Nkatya Pepala, said that being selected for the programme was one of her biggest career highlights.
“I feel honored and truly blessed to be part of one of the largest copper producers in Africa. As I was taking the mine tour, I was truly impressed with the machinery and I’m very proud to be working for a company with one of the largest mining equipment in the world.”
FQM Trident Training Manager Bruce Chibenda said the mine has given the graduates an opportunity to make a difference and increase copper productivity.

About First Quantum Minerals Ltd
First Quantum Minerals Ltd is a global metals and mining company producing mainly copper, gold and zinc. The company’s assets are in Zambia, Spain, Mauritania, Australia, Finland, Turkey, Panama, Argentina and Peru.
In 2021, First Quantum globally produced 816,435 tonnes of copper, 312,492 ounces of gold and 16,818 tonnes of nickel.
In Zambia it operates the Kansanshi mine and smelter in Solwezi and the Sentinel mine in Kalumbila.
The company is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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