The beneficiaries who graduated this year were presented with the tools and equipment during the Tarkwa Mine Consultative Committee Meeting, which was held on May 19 in order to help them start their trade.
Gold Fields Tarkwa Mine, through the Gold Fields Ghana Foundation, paid for the total cost of training, the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) examination fee, necessary tools, personal protective equipment (PPEs), and monthly stipends.
All the apprentices are National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) Grade I & II certificate holders in various vocations including dressmaking, auto-electronics, auto mechanics, welding, among others.
A total of 14 apprentices have graduated since the inception of the four-year training programme after it was started in 2011. Seven graduated in 2015 and another seven beneficiaries are still undergoing training and being provided with monthly stipends. They are expected to be registered for NVTI examinations in due course.
Preparation for the examination is done in consultation with the trade masters of the trainees from the Garages Association and the Dressmakers Association.
Beneficiaries of the training programme were selected from the Tarkwa mining community. There is a separate programme running concurrently at Damang, also in the Western Region where the gold company undertakes some of its mining operations.
This forms part of the company’s commitment to its core values of rolling up corporate social responsibility programmes to invest in the human resource of indigenes of the mining communities.
Some of the equipment and tools presented to the beneficiaries included industrial sewing machines, welding equipment, oxygen gauge, sets of spanners, safety boots and uniforms, anda sets of screw drivers.