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APRIL Group has just opened applications for the third batch of its sustainability professional development program, which has now been renamed the APRIL Sustainability Professional Readiness Program (ASPiRE).

ASPiRE is an 18-month accelerated talent development program designed to recruit and train individuals who have a passion and belief that doing things sustainably in business is the way to go.

The program was previously known as the APRIL Sustainability Professional Development Program (ASPDP).

Triana Krisandini, APRIL’s Assistant Director of Sustainability who heads recruitment for ASPiRE, said the program’s main objective of grooming future leaders in sustainability shows that APRIL’s commitment to sustainability in running the business is for the long term.

They may be confined to their homes by the global Covid-19 pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped the pupils of Mutiara Harapan School (SMH) in the RAPP Complex from showing up for class. Virtual class that is.

Teachers began online classes from the start of this week, ensuring that education continues for the school’s 580 pupils, who are aged 4 to 17.

“I can say that with the online classes I have hosted, the children have so enjoyed seeing their friends on screen,” said Cheryl Wevell, who teaches art at the PYP levels (Grades 1 to 6).

Happy International Women’s Day (IWD) 2020! This year’s IWD emphasizes the importance of gender equality, under the theme of ‘Collective Individualism’.

We’ve got an abundance of talent here APRIL Group, so we decided to commission members of the Riau Andalan Photography Club (KOPRAL) to take portraits of some of their female colleagues across all our different departments and offices.

Hear from eight of the women below:

Artauli Agustina

When Heru Ardila Putra first moved to Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper’s (RAPP’s) complex in Pangkalan Kerinci, he was a school pupil. Today, thanks to a combination of hard work and scholarships he received from the company, he’s a pillar of the community as a doctor at the onsite clinic.

Heru’s desire to become a doctor and help the people of RAPP has its roots in his childhood in the complex, where his father still works as a mechanic.