The Chirano Gold Mine Limited (CGML) has sponsored some twenty young people from its host communities to undergo a three-year technical education, as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility activities.
The educational support initiative, done annually by the company, is expected to equip the youth within the catchment areas of the mine with employable skills while adding value to their lives.
The General Manager of CGML, Mr. Adraino Sobreira, said the programme is organised yearly and forms part of their commitment to support the host communities. He said both the mine and the communities continue to invest in the human resource and was confident that this will be impactful.
“We have to walk the extra mile by helping the students, who are struggling to pass through the training successfully,” he added.
According to him, CGML has recruited about 350 of the youth in their catchment areas through the programme, “many of whom have been already employed.” He indicated that the trainees are taken through short-term internship programmes to gain hands-on experience either with CGML or move to other companies after the completion of their studies.
Mr. Adraino Sobreira, who is also the Vice President of Kinross Gold Corporation, said it is important that young people in the community are supported to gain employable skills. This, he said, will make them more competitive on the job market while also being able to make a difference and serve as role models for others in their communities.
The Human Resource Manager of CGML, Mr. Thomas Nyarko Danquah, disclosed that the three-year sponsorship package will cost about GHS180,000.
He said while the company embarks on infrastructural projects in their catchment areas, it was also important to add value to the lives of the youth. This he believes will go along way in helping them to earn a living beyond the Mine.
The chief of Sefwi Aboase, Nana Frimpong Manso Ababio, noted that youth unemployment is a very worrying situation particularly considering the current unemployment statistics.
He said for instance that notwithstanding the efforts by CGML to recruit locals or people with the catchment communities, many of the youths within the host communities are still unemployed.
Nana Ababio therefore entreated the management of the Company to give priority to the youths within the host communities whenever there is an opportunity to employ more hands.
He also commended the Company for embarking on a number of infrastructure projects within the various communities; like building school blocks, health facilities, providing them with access to potable drinking water among others.
However, he insisted that more should be done to improve the employment rate of locals and thus charged the trainees who get the opportunity to enter the Mine to be good examples to others in order to create the path for others.
One of the beneficiaries of the educational support programme, Isaac Adu, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, expressed gratitude to the Company for the life-changing opportunity given them.
He also appealed to the management of the Company to consider recruiting especially after resourcing them to successfully complete their studies.