Gold Fields launches graduate trainees programme for host communities

By
Erica Apeatua Addo, GNA

Tarkwa (W/R),
November 09, GNA – The Executive Vice President (EVP) and Head of Gold Fields
West Africa, Mr Alfred Baku, has launched the Gold Fields Ghana Foundation
Graduate Trainee Programme for graduates in the Mines host communities.

The programme was
designed to build a talent pipeline for the company by enrolling graduates who
have completed National Service.

It would take the
beneficiaries through a two-year on-the-job training development.

Launching the
programme in Tarkwa, Mr Baku said their Learning and Development Department has
structured the programme to enhance the learning experiences of trainees by
exposing them to various aspects of mining operations.

The programme also
formed an integral part of the firm’s host community skills development
strategy, which aims at enhancing the quality of human capital in communities
hosting the Tarkwa and Damang Mines, he said.

He was hopeful that
the graduates would acquire the necessary skills and competencies to make them
employable in their chosen professions after successfully completing the
programme.

According to the
EVP, the first batch of 47 candidates were enrolled in November 2018 and were
currently acquiring knowledge and skills in departments such as mining,
metallurgy, finance, human resources and community affairs.

The foundation, he said,
had set aside about $500,000 to support the programme for two years after which
a new batch would be enrolled.

“Graduate
unemployment continues to be a major challenge for this country. After four
years of tertiary and one year of national service, parents expect to see their
wards gainfully employed to ease the burden on the family” he said.

He stressed that,
“Much as we desire to employ them after investing so much in preparing them for
the job market, unfortunately we do not have the vacancies that match their
skills set, else, they would be our first priority for employment”.

He asked the
trainees to see the training programme as a golden opportunity to equip them
with the requisite knowledge and skills for the job market, especially in the
mining and the extractive industries.

“We also want our
trainees to know that we have been monitoring their performance and work
conduct since their enrolment onto the programme. I must say, l am impressed
with some of the positive feedback l have received regarding your performance
and work ethics over the year” he said.

He applaud the efforts
of the chiefs and the community employment committee during the selection
process, stressing that, they carried out the task transparently devoid of
controversies.

Mr Baku said Gold
Fields appreciated the cordial relationship that existed between the firm and
its stakeholders and that they would continue to nurture it for the benefit of
the company, their host communities and the country at large.

Mr Gilbert Kennedy
Asmah, Municipal Chief Executive for Tarkwa-Nsuaem, commended Gold Fields for
unveiling the programme as it would go a long way to ameliorate the challenge
of unemployment in the country.

He tasked the
beneficiaries to attach seriousness to the programme to ensure that they
attained optimum benefit from it to help in building the Tarkwa-Nsuaem and
Prestea Huni-Valley Municipalities.

Nana Kwabena
Amponsah IV, Chief of Bosomtwe Traditional Area, pleaded with the trainees to
work hard in their various departments to enable Gold Fields sustain the
programme.

GNA

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