Trek offers training programs for a wide range of employment opportunities, which benefits both the company and local communities. Having a pool of skilled employees reduces the competition for labour that is so prevalent in the mining industry, and fosters community support for the project. In addition, hiring locally ensures that Trek can communicate in local languages and better understand the cultural and political nuances of doing business outside of Canada.
Providing the opportunity to learn new skills also brings long-lasting benefits to community members, who can advance through the workforce with Trek, transfer these skills to other projects in the region, or create new support businesses in the community.
At the Aurizona Mine in Brazil, 99% of the workforce is Brazilian, with the majority of employees and contractors coming from local communities. Trek expects to offer up to 500 jobs during operations.
Trek also contributes to economic prosperity by purchasing goods and services from local suppliers, using numerous support services and encouraging the development of new businesses, and paying taxes, royalties and feeds to local, state/provincial and federal governments.