AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi Mine has exhibited its keen interest in putting the youth of Obuasi under massive development as it unveiled its Youth Apprenticeship Training.
The purpose of the training is in line with the Mining giant’s vision in helping to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 4. The training seeks to edify the youth with the requisite skills and abilities to be fully operational and fit for purpose when called upon in any part of their life.
The Senior Sustainability Manager for AngloGold Ashanti, Obuasi Mine, Mr. Emmanuel Baidoo, explained that three (3) slots were granted to each community in its catchment areas and one selected in the end. A youth from each of the fifty-nine (59) communities were selected to undergo the apprenticeship program.
“The company is not offering employment to the youth (those undergoing the program) but training them with the right skills. Those privileged to be selected should not act like they are the company’s formal employees”, he cautioned.
As part of the company’s package for them to sort out their financial needs, the selected youth will receive US$150 (GHc839.65) per month using the current rate GHc5.6 to a dollar. The training will run throughout the year from 27th January, 2020 to 31st December, 2020. The training is demarcated into engineering services and equipment material handling.
Training and Development Superintendent, Mr. Giedeon Okweesi Acquah also said the company will be reviewing the performance of the youth periodically and collate feedback from their various supervisors. This will enable the company to appraise the youth.
Traditional rulers at the inauguration included Nana Owusu Obrempong (Bogobiri), Nana Ama (Aboagyekrom), Nana Addo Asare (Abompe), Nana Sarfo Kantanka (Bedieso) and Nana Otaa Prempeh (Kwabenakwa).
By: Frederick Osei Frimpong