AGA RESUMES APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING PROGRAMME

AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi Gold Mine recently resumed its apprenticeshipprogramme for the training of 20 selected youth from five communities within its catchment area in engineering disciplines. Theprogramme is intended to create a pool of skilled talent for the mining and engineeringindustry, and to empower youth to pursue their personal goals and dreams.

 

AngloGold Ashanti has, through this programme, trained over 500 apprentices in the last decade, reinforcing the mine’s commitment to the development and the wellbeing of its stakeholders.

The communities that partook in the programme include Binsere, New Dokyiwaa, Anyinam, Sanso and Bediem.

The Vice President for Sustainability, Mr. Kelepile Dintwe, in his welcome address said AngloGold Ashanti is proud to be part of solutions in the modern and fast pace era of the global business landscape. He also said the company wants its host communities better off for AngloGold Ashanti having been there, and that the company aims to facilitate partnerships with communities. He mentioned that the training programme is an example of such partnership and it objectives are to nurture employment opportunities for youth and to equip them with technical skills.

Mr. Dintwe mentioned that the relationship between the mine and the township is gradually growing considering the success this training scheme has achieved over the years. Amidst the difficulties the company is going through, the company is still poised to continue with the scheme so as to help liberate the youth. Bringing his speech to an end, he said this programme is part of AngloGold Ashanti’s offering for the partnership they have with the community and he knows that the community too has an offering in the pipeline for the mining company.

Speaking at the same forum, the Krontihene of New Edubiase, Nana Asrifi Asare, mentioned that the mine has changed for the better as community relations has improved. He then addressed the participants by drawing their attention to the purpose of the training and the benefits they stand to gain.

He further charged them to make the Chiefs and their communities proud. He also thanked the Sustainability department of the mine for reintroducing this scheme and said he hoped the numbers would improve as time goes on and the scheme be extended to other communities within the mines catchment.

The Sustainability Manager, Mr. Nana Ampofo-Bekoe welcomed the participants with a word of advice regarding the difficulty of schooling, but that, with determination, the participants can complete their training. He said the training centre is part of other schemes that are present even in the absence of an operational mine and that the community has much to benefit from the schemes. Mr. Ampofo also clarified expectations from participants that they will be employed by the mine upon completion of their studies, and explained: ‘’this training is to equip you either as entrepreneurs on your own or to work with other institutions and organisations and not neces-sarily to be employed by AGA’’.

Mr. Nana Ampofo mentioned that the participants were selected by community leaders for participation, and that the training will last for three months. He also pledged that AngloGold Ashanti will provide them with everything they will need for the training except their transportation so the community should endeavour to bear that cost. He once again welcomed the trainees and wished them well. Drawing down the curtain on the event, Mr. Kelepile Dintwe thanked all present for their effort in making this dream a reality. He also urged the facilitators to ensure that they give their best to the trainees so they will come out transformed and equipped to face the job market. He also asked the communities to support the trainees and also to support the company in any way they can.

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