Education and culture


Program that was born in 2008 for the comprehensive support of the agricultural specialty taught at the Likan Antay High School, benefiting in 2019 4 third-year students and 6 fourth-year students, the initiative seeks to enhance skills and abilities necessary for the promotion of agriculture regional, caring for the environment and providing detailed knowledge and experience in the agricultural area through DUAL training in SQM's agricultural programs. To achieve these objectives, through the hiring of professionals, training is carried out in different areas of interest, together with the implementation of productive plots in the Liceo facilities, which complement the practical teaching during the academic year, including technologies and production. traditional, to generate a broad knowledge of agriculture

communities support project for agricultural specialty in likan antai high school
communities more theater and culture project

Theater and Culture | Programs | SQM Lithium

Together with Crea+ we develop Theater Workshops at the Toconao and San Pedro de Atacama Schools. The activity brings together students from both schools to learn from the hand of a multidisciplinary team theatrical techniques, acting, makeup, construction of a text and they performed a montage in a closing ceremony before the community. With the aim of strengthening and promoting artistic expressions, SQM, together with the Crea+ Corporation and the Municipal Education Directorate of the commune, implemented a complete Arts Room, which will benefit more than 400 students from first to fourth grade of the E -26 from San Pedro de Atacama. The project was made possible thanks to the public-private alliance between SQM, the Crea+ Corporation and the Municipal Directorate of Education, who in a joint effort gave life to the + Culture Program; and the results are already evident: the first art room called “Pilpinto”, which in Kunza means butterfly, was implemented and fitted out with various materials, tools and furniture.

language | Programs | SQM Lithium

In 2019 we implemented the Support + Language Program in the schools of the San Pedro de Atacama district, aimed at boys and girls from 1st to 6th grade. It is born from the need that arises from the area of ​​education and its main objective is to improve the quality, speed and reading comprehension of students, through technical support to teachers in the area, the application of tests and evaluations and the promotion of activities related to reading comprehension. As a result, it is expected to bring the new generations closer to literacy through a more cohesive work with the teachers of the subject, deploying and promoting various tools that motivate students. The advice of the +Language Program in 2019 was directed to 7 schools in San Pedro de Atacama.

communities more language project
communities project math support program


For the eighth year, the collaborative work between SQM and the Crea + Corporation continues to bear fruit in qualitative and quantitative terms. The program, already consolidated, continues to obtain good results and is valued by the teachers and management teams of the institutions advised. 

During the 2019 financial year, the program taught in different establishments had a direct impact on 1.674 students and 49 teachers. The program generates internships in Finland, granting scholarships to professionals who stand out for their results and commitment to their students.


For the third consecutive year, SQM develops in conjunction with the Municipality of San Pedro de Atacama through its Office of Labor Intermediation (OMIL), the Study Validation and Leveling Program, which gives the possibility to people from the town of San Pedro from Atacama, Camar, Peine, Río Grande, Toconao, Talabre, and Socaire, leveling and finishing their studies at basic and intermediate levels, being an important tool to opt for better possibilities to enter the world of work.

communities project leveling program of studies san pedro de atacama
Group of apprentices in mining techniques

Apprentice Program | Programs | SQM Lithium

During recent years, the SQM Salar Operator Apprentice training program prepared new professionals from the surrounding communities to perform a new job with high standards of management, efficiency, quality and sustainability. The company has prepared a program supported by the know-how, knowledge, innovation and experience of SQM workers. The program considers four thematic axes: Raising awareness about safety regulations and organization of operational work; Understanding of the productive stages and technical processes for the development of operational work; Field knowledge of good practices in Lithium operational or production processes; and Knowledge of quality standards that allows working around the Continuous Improvement of processes.

This program summons apprentices, men and women from the communities of Toconao, Calama, Peine, Socaire, Camar and San Pedro de Atacama. The participants have acquired soft skills and technical tools that were crowned with their permanent hiring and entry into different areas of SQM at their Salar de Atacama site.

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