Training & Development
Base Titanium is committed to providing a practical learning environment that ensures rapid transfer of skills to Kenyans, to build capacity in its employees and to assist in developing skills for the broader mining sector in Kenya.
We run structured skills transfer and training programmes that, not only cover our own employees, but also external groups including graduates, attachees, apprentices, high school students and local community groups. This not only benefits Base Titanium, our employees and communities, but also other employers looking for work ready trades people and graduates.
Investment in our training and development programmes, aimed at sustainable transitioning to and upskilling of Kenyan employees, is funded from a budget allocation of around KES 70 million per year, demonstrating our commitment to rapid skills transfer.
The ongoing input to training and skills development is reflected in the following table.
|Training Statistics||Q2 2017||FY 2016/17||Total|
|Base Employees X Courses Attended||1,815||6,795||24,962|
|Contractor Employees X Courses Attended||183||1,264||5,360|
|Community Members X Courses Attended||51||2,206||41,549|
|Externals* X Courses Attended||215||850||3,670|
|Total Courses Delivered||96||648||2,145|
|Total Training Hours||7,300||56,355||205,226|
- Graduate programme, attachments and apprenticeships
Internally we run a number of programmes targeting employee skills development. To improve performance in current roles we provide training in the following:
- technical skills relevant to the position;
- supervisory skills;
- communication skills;
- computer skills; and
- time management.
Further, to grow our employees and broaden their roles, we also offer development opportunities specifically targeting their potential future roles, including:
- high potential programmes;
- sponsored certificate programmes;
- exposure through job rotation; and
- leadership development.
Beyond our direct employees, we also run structured programmes for external groups, including:
- graduate programme;
- attachment/internship programmes;
- work experience; and
- community skills development.
Base Titanium has partnered with the Technical University of Mombasa to restructure its curriculum by providing adequate time for technical trades apprentices to gain the necessary practical experience in the workplace.
The National Industrial Training Authority (“NITA”), a newly established state corporation, has accredited our external graduate, intern and apprenticeship training programmes. Following its visit to our training facility in August 2014, NITA recommended that Base Titanium’s training programmes be used as a model on which to base the establishment of a consistent approach to skills transfer across other Kenyan industries and organisations.