Akyem Mine Absorbs First Three Apprenticeship Programme Graduates
Newmont’s Akyem Mine has absorbed three Apprentice Welders who recently passed out after three years of intensive apprenticeship training at its Mining Department. The three persons, George Anim Denkyi, Godfred Blay and Ibrahim Acheampong are all from the Akyem Mine host communities.
They went through three years of Mine Maintenance Welder Apprentice training modules designed to equip them with employable specialized technical skills, to meet new business challenges in the Mine Maintenance Unit of the Mining Department.
At a short ceremony to celebrate the successful completion of their programme, the graduates were presented with a City and Guilds of London Institute and Newmont Certificates as well as appointment letters to usher them into Newmont as Mine Maintenance Welders.
Addressing the gathering, Kevin Moxham, Akyem Mine General Manager said it is encouraging that Newmont’s key objective of providing employment to the people from the Mine’s host communities is working out successfully. The General Manager was optimistic that with dedication and collaboration with key stakeholders a lot more of such successes can be achieved.
The Newmont Apprenticeship Programme has been instituted to provide opportunities for semi-skilled job hands from our host communities to be screened and selected for the Fixed Plant Mechanical, Fixed Plant Electrical, Mine Maintenance and Process Operations Apprenticeship Programmes.
The apprentices are given both theoretical and on the job technical training. They are rostered to work in all the shops during their field 'on the job’ training. They pass out as Fixed Plant Mechanical, Fixed Plant Electrical, Mine Maintenance and Process Operations technicians well equipped to work in any Mine facility.
Each trainee is awarded a City and Guilds of London Institute and Newmont Certificates and based on employment availability; trainees are offered jobs by Newmont upon completion.
A total of 62 apprentices have undergone or are currently in this 4-year apprenticeship programme at the Akyem Mine.
Ibrahim Acheampong on behalf of his colleagues thanked Management for the opportunity given them as Newmont employees and assured that they will work hard to justify the trust and confidence reposed in them.
Nana Kwasi Amo Kyeretwie I, Abiremhene on behalf of the Chiefs and people of the area expressed his appreciation to Newmont for employing the three from the Mine host communities. He was hopeful that Newmont will work hand in hand with key community stakeholders to provide more opportunities to the youth who have been enrolled onto the apprenticeship programme.
The Newmont Apprenticeship Programme has been hailed by Key Government functionaries as a model for skills oriented social responsibility programmes for companies doing business in Ghana. Following the successes chalked by the programme, some national tertiary institutions have expressed interest in pursuing linkages opportunities with Newmont Ghana.