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Skills development

Workers at Union Mine receive safety trainingWorkers at Union Mine in South Africa receive safety training

A workforce with the right skills, experience and training is one of the industry's most basic needs. We invest a great deal of resources developing the skills of our employees.

During 2013, we invested $104 million, (2% of total employee costs) in direct training activities, and supported almost 3,000 bursars, apprentices, graduates and other trainees.

We focus on and continuously review high-quality leadership development and have a range of more than 200 external and internal development programmes currently in use across the Group. Our flagship development programmes, the Advanced Management Programme and Leaders in Anglo American, were refreshed in 2013 to incorporate latest leadership thinking. We have made significant progress in providing basic literacy and numeracy to our employees, contractors and community members through adult basic education and training programmes. In addition, we provide skills training that is transferable to industries outside of mining to mitigate the impact of eventual mine closure.

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