Asanko Gold Ghana is exploring more ways to halt the increasing trend of unemployment among youth living within its operational areas and beyond.
Dubbed Graduate Training Program, the move has absorbed 24 graduates who have completed their National Service with the mining firm, with a two-year training package for employment at Asanko or any of its contractors within related fields.
The Mine’s Organisational Capability Manager, Mohaideen Mohammed, while speaking at the official launch of the program Thursday, November 18 noted that “Asanko is responding to new mineral and mining Legislative Instrument 2431 which was passed in October 2020 which enjoins mining firms to submit a budget of training of such people and collaborate with the country’s universities to develop Ghana’s manpower in the mining field”.
He further explained that “the whole move is geared towards deepening and improving the local content law”.
More than 100 graduates have benefitted from the employment initiative since 2017 even before the LI2431 was passed last year.
The Mine’s initiative is expected to absorb a chunk of the beneficiaries and other further arrangements are underway to ensure ‘spillovers’ are realigned and engaged by contractors working with the mine while those unable to meet the benchmark will move out into the open job market to look for jobs.
According to Mr Mohaideen, “the move was to improve on the ratio to 70:30 by next year, hoping to reach a 50:50 percentage ratio in three years.”
Touching on the gender parity, he explained that “currently, females constitute 33 per cent of the beneficiaries with the hope of reaching a female-male parity within the same three years”.
He added that the Mine’s focus is to engage 60 per cent of those in the sciences with 40 per cent within the humanities.
The General Manager of Asanko, Andrew McGowan, in his brief remarks, urged the beneficiaries to focus to scale up their personal development to ensure they are well positioned in the 21st century mining, which is being taken over by technology.
Some of the beneficiaries expressed intense gratification as they assured of strict adherence to work ethics and exhibition of good working attitude to maximize production.
By Nana Asenso Mensah|Akoma FM|3news.com|Ghana