The Newmont Goldcorp Ghana- Akyem Mines has held a graduation ceremony for 18 unemployed youth who had undergone training in mine and process operations for over a year.
The graduates were the fourth batch of trainees under the company’s Learnership Training Programme.
The Learnership Training Programme is a human development initiative aimed at providing unemployed youth in the Akyem mine communities with technical skills to expand their career options.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Osenkor Gogo, Acting Director of Communication and External Relations Manager of Newmont Akyem Mines, explained that Newmont Goldcorp Ghana recognises capacity building as an effective avenue for developing talents to strengthen local economies.
She said since the inception of the programme in 2015, over 76 community youth have benefitted and was hopeful it would help create a sustainable future that the company had invested in.
In partnership with our stakeholders, she indicated that the Akyem Mines will continue to prioritise skills development to create value for communities and improve the lives of the youth.
Dr Gogo said the company invested $7,200.00 in each trainee and that the company spent $129,000 on this year’s graduates.
Nana Kwasi Amo Kyeretwie I, the Chief of Abirem, who chaired the function, commended Newmont Goldcorp Ghana’s efforts to reduce youth unemployment in its host communities.
“Since the mine began operations, the company has implemented several capacity building programmes to reduce youth unemployment, including the Learnership Training Programme,” he added.
He said the training had made the youth in the area to be more competitive on the job market and some have gone on to gain employment with Newmont Goldcorp Ghana and other companies in the mining industry.
The Learnership Training Programme is one of the Akyem mine’s social responsibility efforts to promote local economic development.
It is also in line with the company’s strategy of contributing to the achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal of promoting decent work and economic growth for all by 2030.