The Delivery Unit (DU), an initiative of Guinea’s government, under the guidance of the West African country’s Prime Minister, has completed the first phase in a project that is set to further develop the country’s mining industry.
DU, in partnership with the Ministry of Vocational Training and the Ministry of Mines and Geology, has completed a five-week training program for 30 housing electricians from the country’s Boké region, one of Guinea’s resource-rich provinces.
The project, which began on the 6th of November, is expected to create employment opportunities for hundreds of people in the region
The five-week training program was financed by Guinea’s Ministry of Mines and Geology with the technical support of the DU and the Guinean Bauxite Company (CBG).
The latter reviewed the training curriculum and provided recommendations in order to adapt the curriculum to the country’s labour market needs. The training was conducted by qualified and certified trainers from the Ministry of Vocational Training and is part of a larger program to train 1,100 specialized workers in the Boke region in 2018.
Guinea possesses about a third of the world’s bauxite reserves and also boasts of substantial gold, salt, graphite, limestone, manganese, nickel, and uranium deposits. According to world-renowned auditing firm, KPMG, the country’s large mineral reserves, which have mostly remained untapped, are of immense interest for international firms.
“Boke is one of the country’s resource-rich region, which attracts mining companies. Therefore, it is our mission to support the government in its efforts to reinforce the capacity of youth and improve their employability. As a result, mining companies and sub-contractors will have no difficulty in finding the labour needed for their operations” said Vincent Michi, Director General of the DU.
The objective of the training drive is to reinforce the capacity of specialized workers in the Boke region in order to facilitate their integration into the professional world.
“I have the pleasure to announce the completion of the training program for 30 building electricians at the vocational training centre in Boke as part of the DU initiative aiming to reinforce the capacity of specialized workers,” stated Mamady Youla, Prime Minister of the Republic of Guinea.
“From January 2018, 1,100 specialized workers will receive training in electricity, plumbing, masonry, heavy-duty engines mechanics as well as drivers for heavy-duty vehicles. The ultimate goal is for the trainees to find a job within the mining sector as well as other industries. Through this project, the Government of Guinea with the support of an international donor shows its commitment to promoting youth employment and job creation,” the Prime Minister explained.
The DU aims to construct a mobile training unit (MTU) at the vocational training centre (VTC) of Boké in 2018 in order to strengthen the existing training system. As part of its strategy, the MTU project will be replicated in other provinces such as Kindia and Kankan. Feasibility studies for the two later regions will begin in 2018.
The DU’s interventions focus on increasing the economic impact of mineral production on the Guinean population.