The Newmont Akyem Development Foundation (NAKDeF) in its quest to minimize unemployment in the mining communities has provided a six months intensive and competency based technical skills training for ten selected auto mechanics and electricians in the area.

The training under the Auspices of the Akyem Soft Skills Improvement and Sustainability Training (ASSIST) was to enhance beneficiaries with capacity building and also to give them better advantage in the business environment within the mining community.

Beneficiaries were taken through circuit development and wiring, electrical schematics, relay and sensors, lubrications systems and hydraulic systems among others.

Mr Okyere Yaw Ntrama, the Interim General Manager, who disclosed this at the ASSIST trainee close- out ceremony held at Amanfrom in the Birim North District, said Newmont Golden Ridge Limited Akyem from the last quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2016 has approximately contributed GH?24 million into the Foundation as part of its commitment to reducing unemployment in their operational areas.

He added that the beneficiaries after the training have now acquired skills and knowledge on how best to use modern tools to diagnose and repair faults.
Mr Ntrama advised the fresh trainees to continue to work to ensure safety even as they pass out.
He therefore promised that NAKDeF would continue to work closely with the chiefs and all stakeholders to ensure that they create a shared value for all through sustainability.

Obrempon Kwasi Amoh Kyeretwie 1, the Abirim Chief applauded NAKDeF for their immense support to the youth in the area and advised them not to relent on their efforts but rather carry out more training to help reduce the high unemployment rate facing them.

He therefore pleaded with Newmont Golden Ridge Limited Akyem and NAKDeF to introduce other artisans work such as hairdressing, tailoring, and other vocations to help create jobs for the youth and to also minimize the high rate of rural- urban migration.

Trainees after the program were presented with start- up kits such as multimeter, diagnostic tools and a set of tool wrench.

Source: GNA

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