Case Study

Capacity-Building Through Education

Building capacity in the communities where we operate promotes our mutual success during the life of a mine’s operation. Our educational initiatives at our Maricunga and La Coipa operations in northern Chile are one example of how we help ensure that success continues in the region after a mine’s closure.

Our Maricunga operation provides financial assistance and scholarships to Colla students at the elementary, high school and post-secondary levels. In 2009, 79 students benefited. Employee volunteers from La Coipa team up with students from Liceo José Antonio Carvajal, a technical school, to help them hone the wiring, plumbing and other skills they have learned in the classroom by assisting with home improvements in the poorer neighbourhoods of nearby Copiapó.

In a new initiative, La Coipa and Maricunga, within the framework of employment support programs sponsored by the Chilean Ministry of Labour to help graduates gain real-world mining experience, have developed an apprenticeship program. In 2009, nine students from the Tierra Amarilla Technical School – specializing in mechanics and welding and metallurgical sampling – spent four months apprenticing at our operations. The Ministry of Labour provides a subsidy to the graduates, and Kinross provides hands-on training and accommodation at the mine sites. Upon completion of their apprenticeships, one student was hired by Kinross and the remainder were hired by other local businesses. Based on that success, Kinross plans to invite applications for another 20 apprenticeship positions in 2010.