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Sierra Rutile to boost Sierra Leonean talent for top positions

Sierra Rutile to boost Sierra Leonean talent for top positions

Sierra Rutile has launched it localization plan this week which is a career development programme which will identify High Potential Sierra Leonean employees (HiPos), and equip them with the skills, knowledge and experience needed for the company’s top technical and management positions.

Speaking at a press briefing on Thursday 27th June 2013, Chief Executive Officer John Sisay (in photo) explained to cross section of journalist of his plans for localization.

John Sisay said that government had launched the local court of policy wherein 20% of Sierra Leoneans must be amongst the Managers. On that note, Sierra Rutile has now got 79% of Sierra Leoneans occupying Managerial positions. At Sierra Rutile, we maintained a sustainable business by training local people and maintain policies. In a short time, Sierra Rutile will not see it necessary to recruit expatriates because tailored development plans are created, aimed at fast-tracking HiPos into important technical, supervisory and management roles within the country. They identify training and skills needs, supply learning opportunities through formal study, short courses and on the job training, and provide mentoring from Sierra Rutile’s senior management team. Sierra Rutile’s Localization Plan also promotes the transfer of skills from expatriates to Sierra Leoneans citizens, by making it a condition of expatriate employment with Sierra Rutile.

John further states that in few months time the new Sierra Leonean manager’s names will be announced.  The localization plan also ensures that the company meets its obligations under the 2009 Mines and Mineral Act to provide “appropriate instruction and training to ensure the advancement of Sierra Leonean employees in the skilled technical, supervisory, administrative and managerial categories.

Employees whose performance and potential are rated highly against the key performance indicators are described as high potential.

John Sisay says: the lack of suitably qualified and skilled people constrains the development of Sierra Leone and its businesses. Instead of seeing initiatives such as the local content policy as a threat, employers must seize the opportunity it offers to develop a national skills base which meets the needs of our country and its economy.

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