Niger: AREVA signs an agreement with Niger on the creation of an occupational training institute

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April 19, 2012

April 19, 2012

AREVA and the Nigerien government signed an agreement on the creation of the Industrial Resources Training Institute of Niger (Institut de Formation des Ressources Industrielles du Niger – IFRI-Niger) on April 13 at Niamey.

The purpose of this institute, whose creation was initiated in 2010 under the auspices of the French Development Agency (AFD), is to help the industrial and technological sectors to grow by supporting the development of job training and employment.

This ambitious project will get under way in 2013, relying on existing training institutions (for example, the School of Mining and Geology in Niamey*) to provide instruction the first year to nearly 500 young people coming out of the general education system. In 2014, a new school will open at Agadez that will offer training leading to a diploma to more than 300 students a year.

The signing ceremony was attended by the Minister of Middle and Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, the director of the AFD Niger, and representatives of the Occupational Training and Employment Ministry.

Speaking on this occasion, Nana Hadiza Noma Kaka, Minister of Occupational Training and Employment, said she was delighted that this project dedicated entirely to human resources training, notably for the mining sector, had become a reality.

Imad Toumi, Managing Director of AREVA Mines Niger, noted that AREVA’s companies in Niger have been in the process of renewing their personnel for several years. In addition, the development of the Imouraren mine, a key project in AREVA’s Strategic Action Plan 2012-2016, will lead to the creation of more than 1,500 jobs. This will call for a substantial training effort, which AREVA has made a commitment to support through the contribution of both funding and its experience to the setting up of the IFRI.

* AREVA is supporting higher education by offering scholarships to high school graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds to enable them to continue their studies at the School of Mining and Geology at Niamey. The Group is actively involved in developing local employment and the skills of local workers, and can already take credit for the creation of a school at Agadez, the EMAIR, which trains mining technicians and supervisors.