Graduate students to undergo training with K92 mining

Monday, 12 February 2024, 2:32 pm

K92 Mining general manager Fergus Hart (front row, second from left), CEO and director John Lewins (fourth from left) and executive general manager Peter Du Plessis (third from right) with the 2024 class of the K92 Graduate program [Supplied: PNG Chamber of Resources & Energy]

K92 Mining Ltd [K92], the operator of the Kainantu Gold Mine in Eastern Highlands has welcomed 11 graduate students as part of the 2024 class of the K92 Graduate Program.

The Graduate Program awards students who have completed their degree qualifications with the opportunity to undertake a formal two-year program to improve their development outcomes and increase their prospects of employment.

K92 Mining chief executive officer and director John Lewins said the company was thrilled to take on board the new graduates of the 2024 class to the program.

“One of many programs delivering on our commitment to developing local talent and supporting Papua New Guinea's long-term growth,” he said when welcoming the students.

“The 11 exceptional graduates selected, in partnership with several academic institutions, is our largest graduate program class to date.

“Importantly, the class is also our most diverse in terms of educational backgrounds because we believe it is important to contribute to the development of Papua New Guinea’s future leaders in many fields of study."

Since its establishment in 2022, the program has expanded to 11 graduates with the internship training providing students a prospect to explore the field of Geology, Mining Engineering, Minerals Processing, Electrical Engineering, Environment, Agriculture, Accountancy and Information Technology.

The K92 Graduate Program was established as a natural progression from the K92 Tertiary Scholarship Program, which has been running since 2019.

Tertiary scholarship winners were provided with industrial traineeships, and now, for the second consecutive year, scholarship winners are included in the K92 Graduate Program.

The selection of the graduates was completed in partnership with several tertiary institutions, including the PNG University of Technology, the University of Papua New Guinea, and the University of Goroka.

The class of 2025 will be further expanded to include Don Bosco Technological Institute.

K92 places a strong focus on the prosperity and development of Papua New Guinea and the local communities.

The mining looks forward to expanding the reach of its initiatives and contribute in a significant way to the long-term development of the country.