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AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi Mine Graduates its Apprenticeship Trainees

In November last year, AngloGold Ashanti resumed it’s apprenticeship  training programme that began with the training of 20 selected youth from 5 communities within the mine’s catchment area. The selected youth had the opportunity to undergo a three-months training in Auto-electricals, and welding and fabrication. This programme is as a result of AGA wanting to create a pool of skilled talents for the mining and engineering sectors within across the country.

They brought their studies to a successful end last Wednesday as they got to be awarded certificates for their hard work these past months. AGA has through this programme trained over 500 apprentices in the last decade. As a result of the restructuring exercise which began in 2013, the programme was put on hold. The sustainability division upon consultation with key stakeholders, decided to recommence the programme through a pilot scheme which has proved viable.

Trainees

The training was aimed at producing marketable young engineering apprentices with practical skills for various employment opportunities for sustainable livelihoods. 
It is estimated that an amount of Twenty-thousand US Dollars ($ 20,000.00) was the budget used in funding the whole programme.

Trainee selection for the programme was based on the eligibility criteria below:
– An indigene of the mine’s catchment area.
– A signed approval form by community leadership including Assembly Member and the Community’s traditional Chief.
– A holder of City and guilds intermediate Certificate in Auto electricals.
– A holder of City and guilds intermediate Certificate in welding and fabrication.

Due to the short duration of the apprenticeship training, it was only viable to train individuals with a certain level of Know-how in practical, technical and theoretical aspect of the engineering technician field, hence the intermediate certificate.

Within the period of three months, thus from 2nd November 2016 to 14th February 2017 the training saw  to its successful climax proving the programme due.

Nana Ampofo Bekoe awarding the best trainee.

The beneficiary communities  whose individuals were selected to participate as trainees include; Binsere, New Dokyiwaa, Anyinam, Sansu and Bidiem. Number of trainees were Twenty made up of five person’s from each community.

The graduating certificate awarded include; 
– Apprenticeship Certificate in Welding and Fabrication.
– Apprenticeship certificate in Auto Electricals.

Speaking at the ceremony held at the AGA management Training Center, Sustainability manager Mr. Ampofo Bekoe mentioned that inspite of AGA’s present state of upheaval, the company continues to promote sustainable growth in the Obuasi community and also make the people’s lives better-of.

Nana Ampofo Bekoe, Sustainability Manager

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