A commitment to collaborate with the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) stands to enhance the involvement of Murray & Roberts Resources & Industrial and Murray & Roberts Electrical & Control Systems at the Tsumeb and Husab projects in Namibia. Ester Anna Nghipondoka, CEO, NTA, said industry partners such as the Murray & Roberts Group continued to assist the NTA with its ongoing missions of creating meaningful job opportunities.

The Memorandum of Understanding will see the Murray & Roberts Group offer NTA trainees and trainers internship programmes, on-the-job training and opportunities to become part of the Group. The programme is open to welders, boilermakers, riggers, electrical, instrumentation and general construction trainees.

“We are exceptionally proud to partner with the NTA and are committed to this process. We have two important projects in Namibia where we are going to provide the training. One is in Tsumeb with our partner Outotec, which is fully supportive of the programme, and another at Husab,” Mile Sofijanic, Managing Director, Murray & Roberts Resources & Industrial and Murray & Roberts Electrical & Control Systems, says.

“Given the high demand for technical skills within the Group, technical training constitutes one of the largest aspects of our training and development interventions. Crucially, by engaging local resources, the technical training also promotes operational excellence and a safe working environment where we operate,” Sofijanic says.

“Our company’s continued presence in Namibia for over 50 years, having started there in 1958, is testament to our desire to be part of the fabric of Namibian society and operating in a sustainable manner. We remain committed to providing opportunities for the upliftment of Namibian nationals,” Gavin Taylor, MD, Murray & Roberts Namibia, says.

“As a global engineering and construction company that draws its standards, expertise and knowledge from some of the world’s best professionals and most complex projects, we are certain we will provide a learning environment that is rich in quality,” Taylor says.

The Murray & Roberts Group spent R260 million on training and development in the 2014 financial year (FY2013: R156 million). This equates to 2.7% of the Group’s payroll, which is above the globally accepted benchmark of 2%. The Group’s commitment to training and development is mirrored throughout its global operations, where it provides a range of training, learning and career development opportunities for its employees.

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