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Anglo American's Socio-Economic Assessment Toolbox in Action: Nickel - Local workforce development and community livelihood support
Barro Alto is a nickel mine and associated smelter located near the small town of Barro Alto in Brazil’s Goiás State.
Since 2006, Anglo American has been supporting local training and capacity building, in partnership with local NGOs and government organisations, to enable local communities to obtain the skills required to be employable at the Barro Alto operation. SEAT has played a central role in guiding the development of these programmes.
As a result of these efforts, approximately 80 percent of the operational workforce at the Barro Alto operation is regional (up to 150 km from Barro Alto).
Broader capacity building and entrepreneurial programmes are also supported, including the development of the rubber
industry and the improvement of agricultural techniques amongst local farmers to support local economic diversification and provide sustainable livelihood options beyond the life of the mine.
Walter De Simoni, Chief Executive, Nickel, describes how SEAT is being put into action:
“Creating local employment and livelihood opportunities are some of the most important contributions we can make to our host communities. SEAT provides detailed guidance and tools for establishing successful workforce development programmes that increase the ability of local residents to gain employment at our operations, alongside broader skills development support to boost local economic opportunities.”