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The K92 Mining tertiary scholarship program

This program was established in 2019 to recognise academic excellence, leadership, and character of students in their third year of study in the fields of mining, geology, and metallurgy.

The K92 Mining Tertiary Scholarship Program is completed in partnership with the University of Papua New Guinea, PNG University of Technology, and the University of Goroka. Recipients will have their full tuition covered in their final year of study in addition to boarding fees, a monthly allowance, and airfares during the holidays.

In 2022, a Women in Mining Scholarship was added to the existing Mining, Geology, and Metallurgy scholarships.

Advancing Women in Mining
In 2022, K92 partnered with Pagini Kainantu Ltd., which specialises in providing heavy equipment services to our operations, to award two additional scholarships to female students, with a focus on fields related to logistics, commercial, or business management.

The K92 Mining Industrial Trainee Program
This program was formalised in 2022 to establish a program to enable third or final year students to complete the practical curriculum required for the completion of their degrees and to further their professional development.

In 2022, 11 students completed their industrial trainee programs with K92.

The K92 Mining Graduate Program
The K92 Mining Graduate Program is a two-year program allowing recently graduated students to complete their first two years of work under a formal program. The first employee joined the graduate program in July 2022.

Memberships with Professional Institutions
K92 supports each employee in a professional field to obtain a professional membership by funding the cost of the professional membership. Most of the professional memberships are held with the Institution of Engineers Papua New Guinea (IEPNG), with the second largest group held with Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) PNG.

K92 Professional and Trades Program: 2022 Highlights

  • K92’s investment in professional, training and trades programs – $1.3M
  • Total tertiary scholarships – 38
  • Pre-trades tests completed – 54
  • Industrial traineeship participants -11
  • Employees who passed trades testing -11
  • Graduate program participants -2

Employee Engagement
Directly engaging with our employees regularly enables us to provide a safe and positive working environment and comply with the laws of PNG.

For example, in September 2022, in partnership with Safetrac, we launched a leadership and compliance training program for 100 K92 leaders including the following five modules: risk management awareness, social media in the workplace, anti-bullying and anti-harassment, bribery and corruption, and cybersecurity.

Phase two of the training is focused on career skills for leaders and is being rolled out in 2023.

Topics include good hiring practices, coaching and mentoring, employee performance management, and basic business and project management fundamentals.
K92 supports employees’ involvement in culturally important public holidays or world days.
On March 8th, 2022, K92 celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) to celebrate women’s achievements and raise awareness about women’s equality. For K92, our focus remains on driving positive visibility of women in mining and celebrating women’s achievements.

In October 2022, a team of K92 employees engaged with local communities to raise awareness about women suffering from cancer. Hampers with essentials were delivered to cancer patients at the ANGAU Memorial Provincial Hospital and the Goroka Base Hospital.
Awareness sessions were held in the villages of Watarais, Daub, Pomasi, Bilimoia, and Unantu.

Employee Diversity and Inclusion
Since 2020, K92 has seen a modest but steady increase in female employees, from 6 per cent of our workforce in 2020 to 8 per cent in 2022.

Currently, local legislation does not permit women to work underground; however, they are making strides and contributing to other vital areas of the business.