At Drummond, every employee is part of our family. Drummond directly employs more than 6,000 people, many of whom have been with us for over 30 years, and more than 3,500 contractors. We are committed first and foremost to our talented workforce.
We take great joy in the fact that we have the capacity to transform the lives of thousands of families by providing access to decent, well-paying work and high-quality health and education services. To further support our family of employees, Drummond continually creates industry-leading initiatives for our employees. We currently have an initiative in place to supplement worker training to improve their skills and to ensure work-life balance. We also have ongoing initiatives to encourage the hiring of local workers, including policies regarding the participation of women in managerial roles and salary equality. As of 2010 Drummond has increased its investment in training for its workers and their families by 19%. This investment surpassed $3.1 million in 2009 and $4 million in 2010.
In Colombia, Drummond jointly designed and implemented a training program with the National Learning Service (SENA). This program has trained more than 1,600 young people in the region in technical or technological fields in the last 16 years, which has prepared many of them to later work for Drummond. We are recognized locally and regionally as a creator of high-quality jobs, paying competitive salaries and benefits packages that well exceed the legally-required market benefits. We focus on areas that are important to the workers and their families, including industrial safety, health (medical insurance plans), education (assistance), life insurance, additional bonuses, transportation, nutrition, entertainment, housing loans and savings plans.
On every level and in every section of Drummond’s operations, we comply with strict safety requirements, and as a precautionary measure our workers have access to medical professionals specializing in occupational health should accidents arise in the workplace.