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Akoon (W/R), July 23, GNA - Fifty apprentices have successfully graduated from Gold Fields Ghana Limited (GFGL) Tarkwa Mines apprenticeship training programme.
The graduates, who were trained in heavy mining machines such as dump track, excavator, wheel loader and forklift were presented with certificates and driving license E.
Mr Elloit Twum, Acting General Manager GFGL, Takwa Mines, at the graduation ceremony in Tarkwa, said Gold Fields spent an amount of one million Ghana cedis on the beneficiaries.
He said the company instituted the Mine related apprenticeship training in 2016 and had so far supported 121 youth comprising 13 females and 108 males in its host communities.
It is heartwarming to know that 13 of the graduates have been employed into the Mine, Mr Twum said.
According to him, the Mine had introduced a four-year apprenticeship programme for the youth to acquire skills in welding and fabrication, dressing making, auto electrical and hair dressing.
"This year Gold Fields Foundation has committed US$1,431,789.63 into various community development projects and programmes. 20 percent of this money will be used to implement the graduate training and apprenticeship programmes", he said.
Mr Twum stated that, the foundation had also initiated a graduate training programme and currently have 30 graduates receiving hands-on training and the needed expertise in their various fields of study.
On education, he said, Gold Fields through its scholarship scheme has awarded scholarships and bursaries to 1,382 beneficiaries since its inception in 2005.
For the 2018/2019 academic year, the acting general manager indicated that 76 brilliant students received scholarships and bursaries to pursue diploma and degree in various tertiary institutions in the country.
He emphasized that, the training was not a sequel for employment in GFGL, Tarkwa Mine, but it was to equip the teeming youth in its catchment communities to enable them take advantage of employment opportunities wherever they found themselves.
He advised the benefactors to use the training to improve upon themselves and aspire for lucrative jobs.
Mrs Matilda Bervela, the Chief Executive Officer, Training and Development Center (TDC), Obuasi, commended GFGL, Tarkwa Mines for the immense contribution they have made for its host communities.
She urged the graduands to use the skills they have acquired to improve upon their lives and families.
Mr Isaac Mantey, course prefect for the programme expressed his joy and appreciation to GFGL, Tarkwa Mines and appealed to other companies to emulate the good will.