Gold Fields Ghana Limited through its foundation has launched a graduate trainee programme to build a talent pipeline for the company by enrolling university graduates who have completed national service on a two-year structured, on-the training and development.
The programme which was officially launched on November 6, 2019 begun in November 2018 with the first batch of 47 graduates. It is ostensibly designed to enhance the learning experiences of trainees by exposing them to various aspects of the mining operations.
The beneficiaries are currently acquiring knowledge and skills in areas such as mining, engineering, metallurgy, finance, human resources and community affairs.
About 500,000 dollars has been allocated to the programme to support it for a period of two years after which a new batch will be enrolled.
The Executive Vice President and Head of West Africa Gold Fields, Mr. Alfred Baku in an address to lunch the programme indicated that the introduction of the Gold Fields Ghana Foundation Trainee Programme is another stride to the many skills acquisition programmes that the company has implemented in their host communities over the past years.
He said, about 159 youth have so far benefitted from the company’s foundation mining-related apprenticeship programme which was instituted in both Damang mine in 2012 and 2013 and Tarkwa mine in 2016 and 2019.
The company, according to Mr. Baku is making several efforts within its mandate to support young people in its catchment areas to acquire skills to become more responsible in society.
In the view of the above, the company has instituted other traditional apprenticeship programmes which enables other people who could not further their education get the opportunity to acquire skills in hairdressing, dressmaking, welding, auto mechanics and auto Electricals from the trade masters.
The purpose of the interventions among others are to improve the quality of the human capital and enhance their livelihoods.
Averagely, about 40 percent of the foundation’s budget are spent on the development of Human capital annually.
Over the past 14 years, the Gold Fields Foundation has invested over 10.7 million dollars in education, given better future for the young people within their operational communities.
The Executive Vice President and the Head of Gold Fields West Africa informed the beneficiaries that the training is not a sequel to employment in the company but to provide them with an opportunity that will make them become eligible for employment wherever there is an opportunity anywhere in the company or elsewhere in the world.
The Gyaasehene of Apinto Divisional Council, Nana Dr. Adarkwa Bediako III who was the chairman in his remarks commended Gold Fields Ghana Limited for instituting such a programme which seeks to address unemployment issues in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem municipality and the country at large. He said the combination of the human capital with the development of infrastructure makes Gold Fields Ghana unique.
He expressed the hope that the graduate trainee programme will develop the country, adding that in the past it was said that the country does not have the graduate with the requisite skills and knowledge to take the jobs in the mining companies.
Nana Dr. Adarkwa Bediako III further stressed that it was fair to say that the trend is turning, because the company’s 25 years of investment in the primary, secondary and tertiary education is yielding a positive result.
He advised the beneficiaries to take advantage of the programme to better their CVs to exploits greater opportunities. And again admonished them to go beyond gaining employment at the company but to take the training programme seriously because it offers several opportunities.
To this end, Nana Dr. Adarkwa Bediako III admonished the supervisors of the programme to train the beneficiaries well to become very useful to the communities and the country, adding that they are not being trained to take over their jobs but to prepare them become useful elsewhere after the training.
“The message for us here is that Gold Fields is doing that which is right, every institution in our environment here, the inputs the company is making, will have a facelift that not only Ghana will enjoy but the entire world,” he said.
The Municipal Chief Executive Officer of Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality Assembly, Hon. Kenneth Gilbert Asmah in an address to the gathering commended the company for such transforming programme.
He encouraged the beneficiaries to become more committed to the programme and give meaning to their lives through the skills they will acquire.
Ghana | Atinkaonline.com | Matthew Dadzie