Belfast Telegraph

Mindmill secures new contract out in Africa

By Clare Weir

A Carrickfergus technology firm has won business in Mozambique.

Mindmill, which specialises in recruitment profiling technology, is assisting a major international client to identify suitable employees for a new mine in Tete, the largest city on the Zambezi River and capital of the province, which has huge coal reserves.

Adcorp is one of the biggest recruitment businesses in Sub Saharan Africa and has been commissioned to identify around 280 local people to train as apprentices, as part of the government's focus on developing the skill base in Mozambique.

The local government requires that companies developing business in Mozambique must recruit at least 80% of personnel locally.

Mindmill currently employs six people.

Laing Mewhort, Mindmill's chief executive officer, said the contract was developed with help from an Invest NI trade misson.

"Our engagement with Adcorp will result in the development of a profiling software programme that will enable it to test and select the 280 people best suited to be trained as apprentices and be employed in various roles in the mine in Tete, a landlocked province between Malawi and Zimbabwe which is reported to have the world's largest untapped coal reserves," he said.

"We secured the business because of our growing international reputation in the development of bespoke software systems for employee profiling. It follows other contracts already won in South Africa and other international markets including the Middle East.

"The advice and practical support we have received from Invest NI over many years has enabled us to expand our exports which now provides around 60% of our overall business. We anticipate further business in South Africa and other global markets from companies keen to ensure they have the right people in roles which they are equipped to perform."