The future of mining in Huelva is in vocational training
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The future of mining is in FP. The territorial delegate for Educational Development and Vocational Training in Huelva, Carlos Soriano, has visited the headquarters of Sandfire MATSA to know the training needs of the mining sector in the province. In it he has been received by the direcyouor ExecuyouYovor from Sandfire MATSA, R.ob ScargYoll, and the director of Human Resources, Nuria Fresco.
During the visit, the delegate reported that one of the main lines of action in the Andalusian Vocational Training is to adjust the educational offer to the needs of the productive sector. For this, it is necessary to continue increasing the number of places to offer the market qualified technicians. Also increase the number of collaborating companies, “because we need each other. Without companies, FP does not make sense and without FP graduates, the market will not have much of the labor it needs”.
In this sense, the delegate has highlighted the commitment of this Ministry to adapt the VT offer to the needs of the labor market, with cycles of high employability. “Never in history have more FP places been offered in Andalusia, and a good example of this is the data from our province. In this course, a total of 12,000 places have been offered, in 114 different degrees from 23 of the 26 professional families, around 70% more than in 2018-2019, where there were only 7,000, an increase of 5,000 students.
In the case of PF Dual, the number of companies that collaborate with Dual Vocational Training has tripled, from 239 in 2018 to 756 today; the number of projects has also increased from 22 to 58. Regarding the student body, there are 988 who are studying this modality, compared to the 365 that were in 2018, covering 19 professional families”.
On the other hand, Soriano, has explained that a great job is being developed together with the Ministry of Employment, Business and Self-Employment with respect to the professional certificates given in educational centers or professional accreditations.
Regarding the mining sector, the delegate highlighted Huelva’s mining past, “with an extractive activity that has marked the history and future of the regions of La Cuenca and Andévalo”, but also has an “important role” in the present of the Andalusian metal mining industry, “with active operations and the presence in the territory of companies in the sector, and great future possibilities and opportunities”. Likewise, Soriano has highlighted the leadership of the province in metal mining, “representing 92% of Andalusia’s production, with almost 825,000 tons in 2021, and with more than 13,000 jobs linked to the sector.”
About Sandfire MATSA and FP centers
Sandfire MATSA’s activity consists of the investigation and exploitation of mineral deposits and their treatment in the processing plant, located to the north of the Iberian Pyrite Belt, in the municipality of Almonaster la Real, in Huelva. It is the holder of the exploitation rights of the underground mines Aguas Teñidas, Magdalena and Sotiel, all of them in the province of Huelva. Sandfire MATSA is 100% owned by Sandfire Resources Ltd, a mining and exploration company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: SFR).
Sandfire MATSA generates some 4,000 jobs, including direct, indirect and induced. Its workforce is made up of some 750 people, of whom more than 90% have permanent contracts and 80% are from an environment close to the operations, with an average age of around 42 years in the case of men and 36, 5 for women. Sandfire MATSA also prioritizes the hiring of local suppliers, thus supporting the local development of the region.
Likewise, it collaborates, directly or through its auxiliary companies, with several educational centers in a multitude of different specialties, maintaining a permanent commitment to Vocational Training, especially dual.
Thus, in its facilities it receives students from the Cycles of Excavations and Surveys and Vehicle Electromechanics from the IES Diego Macías in Calañas, from the IES Don Bosco in Valverde and IES Fuentepiña from Huelva, students from Vehicle Electromechanics, students from the CPIFP Professor José Luis Graíño from FPIGS in Industrial Mechatronics and from FPEGS in Occupational Risk Prevention.
From the Vázquez Díaz de Nerva IES, there are students from the new dual cycle of Chemical Plant and from the IES Cuenca Minera, students from the cycles of Electromechanics of Machinery and Electrotechnical and Automated Systems carry out their internships.