At Teranga, we are training all of our employees to be safety champions. After finishing 2014 with zero lost time injuries, our record now stands at more than 700 consecutive days worked without a lost time injury. This is a testament to the high quality of our organization and a credit to all of our employees.
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We aim to provide stable employment conditions to our employees whenever possible. One of our key objectives is to provide maximum employment opportunities to Senegalese employees as well as to provide them with clear pathways for career advancement and personal development.
Training and development is critical to the advancement of employee skills. In recent years, we have put an emphasis on establishing additional training programs as well as increasing the amount of training available to our employees. To address one of the major priorities of the Company – the development of our employees, Teranga has built a learning and development centre on site. Our new training centre on site allows us to provide high quality programs to all levels of staff. Our intent is to deliver more targeted and integrated training to better support our key business priorities.Teranga continues to strengthen partnerships with specific vocational schools and higher learning institutes within Senegal with the objective of identifying high-potential students, and to help schools better understand the variety of skills needed to work for a company such as Teranga.
We are committed to listening to our employees by collaborating closely with their representatives, our Worker Committees. Regular meetings occur throughout the year and discussions on numerous important topics take place and concerns are addressed.
With the integration OJVG employees following the acquisition in 2014, our workforce increased to 1,050 employees from 957 employees in 2013. The production departments, including mining and processing, comprise more than half of the Teranga team. Approximately 206 specialized contractors are also working on site. As of 2014, half of our workforce is comprised of local residents from the area surrounding the Sabodala operations, including the Tambacounda and Kedougou regions. Approximately one-third of our workforce is from Sabodala area (31 percent). This positive shift in our workforce illustrates the success of our dedicated efforts to recruit locally as well as train and promote employees. We remain committed to localizing our workforce from the communities surrounding our operations and more broadly within the Kedougou Region. Teranga expects that the number of Senegalese employees at Sabodala will continue to increase because of the Company’s growth as well as by our efforts to develop and progress our Senegalese employees.The proportion of women within our workforce remains constant at approximately 10 percent. Women are significantly under-represented in the mining industry and Teranga is committed to the ongoing recruitment and support of women.