The strength of Olam Gabon’s team lies in its expertise across the various businesses and global diversity across cultures. While we continue to retain some foreign specialists within each business, the number of Gabonese workers continues to rise – we now have over 8,000 Gabonese employees.
Post Q3 2015, we implemented several initiatives to contribute to our team’s personal and professional development alongside the training of local talents:
- Gabon Management Committee (ManCom) – this leadership group draws Olam employees from various projects and functions across Gabon with the aim of providing a common platform for high-level interaction, knowledge sharing and transfers of best practices.
- Management Trainee Programme – we developed this programme with the ambition of developing our human capital in Gabon. Launched in June 2016, this programme will take young college graduate level students through 12 months of training across various rubber and palm oil plantations to develop estate management and finance skills. The main objective is to develop the technical, leadership, communication, observation skills needed for plantation management. It is also aimed at developing positive thinking, good discipline and human capital management; all of which are needed for a good and competent leader. Trainees will also be paid living allowance when the programme starts.
- Training opportunities – we aim at providing opportunities to Gabonese talents in various disciplines to be trained in world-class practices in their respective fields by placing them as interns in companies outside Gabon. Some examples include:
- 4-month training of 2,500 Gabonese farmers in Malaysia, in partnership with , as part of GRAINE smallholder programme
- Tremplin Programme: in coordination with our existing business partners, we provide opportunities for young Gabonese talents to get exposure to their business environment, technological knowhow, workplace practices and professional expertise for a period of 12-18 months
- Training of 100 Gabonese motor mechanics in Morocco, in partnership with Caterpillar
All of our employees have fixed-time and permanent contracts, with respect to local labour legislation. Our payment system established in January 2013 allows for the digitisation and systematisation payroll of Olam’s staff, and guarantees the provision of a verifiable pay slip – a first for many rural workers!