124 young individuals have successfully completed the second batch of the Gold Fields Ghana Foundation (GFGF) Graduate Training program.
The beneficiaries, comprising 88 males and 36 females, are residents of Tarkwa, Abosso, and Damang, the company’s host communities.
These graduates, who have completed their tertiary education and national service, underwent a two-year program to develop the necessary skills and competencies for employment in their respective fields.
The training provides hands-on experience to enhance employment prospects in mining, construction, and related industries.
It covers various aspects of the extractive sector, including mining operations, marketing, and governance.
The graduates also participated in the Value-Addition Project, where they identified and proposed solutions to challenges in mining operations, contributing to the overall improvement of the industry.
Gold Fields West Africa’s Executive Vice-President and Head, Joshua Mortoti, revealed during the graduation ceremony in Tarkwa that the foundation has invested $2.3 million in the program since its establishment in 2018.
He highlighted that the program has already offered on-the-job training and valuable skills to a total of 171 graduates.
“There were 47 graduate trainees in the first batch of the programme with 31 of them securing employment in the mining and construction industries, across Ghana.
Five others are furthering their education in the United States and Europe,” he said.