Global industrial company Atlas Copco will focus on people, and more specifically employees, at this year’s Electra Mining exhibition.

The group firmly believes that employees are a company’s most valuable asset and therefore the most important investment a company can make. Striving to become employer of choice is in line with the Atlas Copco group’s vision to become and remain ‘First in Mind–First in Choice’ with its stakeholders. As a customer and service-driven company, employees must be motivated, committed, professional, highly skilled and well trained. But in order to ‘walk the talk’, Atlas Copco takes on the role as employer of choice for both internal and external candidates.

As a Level 3 BBBEE contributor, the company not only appoints skilled people, but takes on the responsibility to upskill and regularly train employees to ensure that they are up to date with the latest technologies. Employee investment is multifaceted and includes training, skills improvement, creating career opportunities and encouraging internal upward mobility.

In 2008, Atlas Copco joined forces with SKF to establish a state-of-the-art training facility, the Atlas Copco Academy, based in Boksburg, Gauteng, which addresses a wide range of operator and technical training requirements. The facility offers apprenticeship programmes for between 100 to 150 candidates. Showing its commitment to local job creation, Atlas Copco has retained more than 60 out of the 70 apprentices who qualified in its last training programme.  

The company also provides a graduate development programme whereby recent graduates from various disciplines, from engineering and marketing to SHEQ and finance, are recruited by Atlas Copco on numerous projects relevant to their field of expertise. The highly qualified graduates are well equipped to apply for vacant permanent positions at Atlas Copco. Ten graduates are currently in the programme.

Visitors to Electra Mining are invited to Atlas Copco’s interactive stand for hands-on demonstrations and one-on-one quality interaction with the team.

With innovative products and services, supported by skilled employees, Atlas Copco is committed to sustainable productivity, delivering sustainable solutions and optimising equipment availability and product operational life to increase customers’ operational efficiency and productivity – always placing customers as the centre of attention.

Sidebar: Atlas Copco business focus

Atlas Copco is a specialist designer, manufacturer and supplier of best-in-class mining and construction equipment, compressors, power tools and assembly systems, and a global leader in the delivery of sustainable industrial productivity solutions for over a century.

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  1. Atlas Copco’s voluntary, confidential and free wellness and HIV/AIDS initiative has been running successfully for 10 years
  2. The state-of-the-art Atlas Copco Academy addresses a wide range of operator and technical training requirements

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