Gold Fields Ghana is investing $500,000 in a Graduate Trainee Programme it says will improve the human capital of its host communities.
The Programme is designed to build a talent pipeline for the company by enrolling university graduates who have completed National Service on a two-year structured, on-the-job training and development.
Executive Vice President and Head of Gold Fields West Africa, Alfred Baku, at the launch said the company’s Learning and Development Department has structured the Programme to enhance the learning experiences of trainees by exposing them to various aspects of the mining operations.
“The Programme also forms an integral part of our host community skills development strategy, which aims at enhancing the quality of human capital in communities hosting the Tarkwa and Damang mines.
Executive Vice President and Head of Gold Fields West Africa, Alfred Baku
“After successfully completing the programme, it is hoped that these young graduates will acquire the right skills and competencies to make them employable in their chosen professions,” he said.
Data from the Institute of Statistics, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana has revealed that only 10 per cent of graduates find jobs after their first year of completing school.
The same data also indicates that it may take up to 10 years for a large number of graduates to secure employment due to varied challenges.
The challenges that range from the lack of employable skills, unavailability of funding capital for entrepreneurship, poor attitudes of graduates towards job opportunities, as well as the low capacities of industry to absorb the huge numbers.
In the bid to mitigate these statistics, Gold Fields Ghana one of the leading gold producing company in the country has introduced the graduate training program for graduates in its host communities in the Western region.
Joyce Asante, Graduate Trainee with the HR Department at the Tarkwa mine
Mr Baku announced that “The first batch of 47 graduates were enrolled in November 2018 and are currently acquiring knowledge and skills in departments such as Mining, Engineering, Metallurgy, Finance, Human Resources and Community Affairs.
“The Foundation has set aside about $500,000 to support this programme over the two-year period after which a new batch will be enrolled.”
A few months ago, Gold Fields Ghana handed over our legacy project, the rehabilitated 33km Tarkwa–Damang asphalt road.
The Head of Gold Fields West Africa said the gesture shows “a true testimony of the cordial relationship that exists between Gold Fields and our cherished stakeholders.”
Joyce Asante, Graduate Trainee with the Gold Fields’ Human Resource Department at the Tarkwa mine was commended by Mr Baku for her diligence and hard work.
On his part, the Gyasehene of the Apinto Traditional Area, Nana Dr Adarkwa Bediako III lauded the company for investing in sustainability programs which will give inhabitants of their communities an opportunity to work in the mines in the future.