In support of its focus on developing local human resource, BNL in 2015 developed a recruitment strategy for local applicants called the ‘Job Ready Program' (JRP).
The Job Ready Program is aimed at identifying local candidates with the ability and potential to progress to qualify as Tradespersons and Traineeships in equipment and plant operations. It is part of BNL’s ongoing efforts to give employment preference and opportunities to genuine local Porgerans from the Special Mine Lease (SML) clans, Lease for Mining Purpose (LMP) clans and Porgera regional areas.
Since 2016 to date, 200 Porgerans have successfully passed through this program.
From these, 151 have secured permanent employment with the mine operation while the rest are either on temporary roles or undergoing some form of further training respective to the job placement requirements with PJV.
Some of the basic entry requirements include completion of basic education of up to year 10 at least and between 18-35 years of age.