Freeport-McMoRan’s Local Hiring and Skills Development

Freeport-McMoRan’s Local Hiring and Skills Development

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Karolina Rumaropen, an indigenous Papuan, is a Nemangkawi Mining Institute graduate. She began her career as an apprentice and is currently working as a haul truck operator with the Grasberg team at PT Freeport Indonesia.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 6:35am

The natural resources that Freeport-McMoRan produces are essential to the world's economies. As population growth and urbanization continue to accelerate, Freeport-McMoRan’s products are critical to a rising standard of living on a global scale. The foundation of Freeport-McMoRan’s plans for production growth and resource expansions includes their commitment to join with stakeholders in working toward sustainable development.

Freeport-McMoRan makes concerted efforts to hire locally.

  • At PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI), located in the remote province of Papua, Indonesia, Freeport-McMoRan’s policy is to prioritize the hiring of indigenous Papuans. At year-end 2013, 99 percent of PTFI employees were Indonesian and of that total, 35 percent were indigenous Papuans.
  • Freeport-McMoRan’s regional technical training programs prepare community members for careers in mining. The Nemangkawi Mining Institute in Papua, Indonesia continued its success in 2013, having placed over 2,300 apprentices into permanent positions to date at PTFI, over 90 percent of whom are indigenous Papuans.
  • At Freeport-McMoRan’s Tenke Fungurume Mining operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 98 percent of the employees are Congolese citizens.
  • Freeport-McMoRan’s technical training program with the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona is intended to increase the employability and skills of Apache students who are faced with high unemployment in their community. The program is designed to train and certify students in heavy equipment operations and industrial maintenance. Through the end of 2013, 200 students have entered the program and 42 have graduated – most of whom have been hired or are in the process of being hired.

For information about Freeport-McMoRan’s commitments to local hiring and skills development, please see

Please see the 2013 Working Toward Sustainable Development Report for more information on all of their social, economic and environmental efforts.