Goldfields Ghana Spends GH¢340,200 On Apprenticeship
Forty-three (43) apprentices on GoldFields Ghana’s Community Apprenticeship Programme has recently graduated after taken through four years of training in various vocations.
The beneficiaries were taken through skills training such as dressmaking, hairdressing, auto mechanics, welding and fabrication from trade masters.
The apprentices, dominated by the female gender; made up of 60 per cent received certificates from the National Vocational Training Institute and start-up kits from the Gold Fields Ghana Foundation.
The Gold Fields Foundation invested about GHS340,200 on the training, which was implemented by the Tarkwa mine.
On their Facebook page the Gold company wrote, “Thirty young people in the host communities of our Tarkwa and Damang mines have joined our Mine Apprenticeship Programme, which is being conducted at our new Training School at the Tarkwa mine.”
According to them the two-year programme is designed to provide trainees with skills in industrial welding and fabrication.
“Both apprenticeships form part of our community skills development strategy to enhance human capital and improve the livelihoods of our community members,” they wrote on their social media page.
Did You Know…?
That the Gold Fields Ghana Foundation scholarship scheme was initiated in 2005?
And till date, 2,448 students from host communities of the Tarkwa and Damang mines have received scholarships and bursaries.
The foundation Until 2019, with its scholarship scheme covered vocational training as well as senior high school and tertiary education.
But, since the implementation of the government’s Free Senior High School initiative, the scholarship scheme now focuses on students pursuing university degrees and other tertiary programmes.
That means all students in the host communities are eligible to apply for the scholarship once they gain admission to any accredited public university or tertiary institution in Ghana.
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