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Recognition of Professional Skills in a mining and construction site context

In the scope of Skills Development, ten employees of EPOS – Empresa Portuguesa de Obras Subterrâneas, S.A. (EPOS) participated, in March 2019, in the first jury session of the Professional Skills Recognition, Validation and Certification (RVCC) process for the profile of Earthmoving Equipment Operator Driver, developed in partnership with the Almodôvar Qualifica Centre.

This was a pioneer project at a regional level (Alentejo) and in the universe of the Teixeira Duarte Group’s participated companies, and a visit by the Secretary of State for Education, Prof. João Costa, and the President of the National Agency for Qualification and Vocational Education (ANQEP) is scheduled for June 2019, to hand over the diplomas and visit the Neves Corvo Mining Complex, where EPOS operates in the construction and improvement of the infrastructures necessary for the development of mining operations. It should be noted that the team of trainers and assessors was composed of EPOS’ own Technical Trainers, in a formal recognition of their technical and pedagogical skills.

The workers covered by the initiative were assigned to the Neves Corvo Mine project, and were selected to participate in the new project in Brazil, where in April 2019 EPOS will start the excavation and support works at Cuiabá Mine for the client AngloGold Ashanti. Due to their professional and school qualifications and a possible impossibility of obtaining work visas for Brazil, EPOS and the Centro Qualifica de Almodôvar developed, in close collaboration and articulation, the Professional RVCC processes in an intensive regime for these employees. With the conclusion of this qualification action, the workers are able to reinforce the EPOS team in Brazil.

Founded in 1986, EPOS is recognized in the market for the high technology of its means of production, quality of its works and highly skilled professionals. In addition to Portugal, EPOS operates in six other markets: Spain, Angola, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and, more recently, in Brazil.

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