TPSF urge private companies to follow GGML lead to identify new talent

GEITA: The Chief Executive Officer of the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF), Raphael Maganga, has urged private sector companies to follow the lead of Geita Gold Mining Limited (GGML) in providing internships and investing in Tanzanian youth for the future of Tanzania.

He has also advised the stakeholders of the TPSF to continue to foster collaboration between industry and educational institutions as the key to bridging Africa’s mining skills gap.

Maganga made the statement at a ceremony in Geita at the weekend to welcome 40 unemployed graduates from various colleges who have been given the opportunity to receive on-the-job training at GGML for a period of one year, in parallel with 10 graduates from last year’s training who are now taking the next step in their careers at GGML, having been promoted to an advanced graduate programme known as the Africa Business Unit (ABU) Graduate Programme, one of AGA’s initiatives to accelerate graduates’ career growth within the company.

As well as congratulating GGML on the internship programme, he said the initiative wasn’t just about providing opportunities; it was about closing the skills gap in Tanzania and empowering our youth for a better future.

“By providing internships and other opportunities, we can bridge the gap between education and employment and ensure that our youth are equipped with the skills they need to succeed,” he said.

He said the rise of mining in Africa has led to a greater need for skills that are scarce on the continent, and this is not a Tanzanian issue, but a global one.

He also said the industry’s rapid growth over the past two decades has depleted the talent pool, exacerbated by an ageing workforce and the unpopularity of mining careers due to challenging conditions.

” This talent shortage is particularly acute in countries such as Angola, Nigeria, Tanzania and Ghana. To address this, there’s a need for improved training facilities and programmes, with the private sector playing a crucial role in funding and shaping curricula to meet industry needs. Collaboration between industry and educational institutions is key to closing Africa’s mining skills gap.

“GGML has long been a pioneer in supporting government initiatives aimed at improving the employability of graduates in Tanzania. Through internships and other graduate programmes, GGML has been instrumental in helping new graduates gain the necessary skills and experience to succeed in the labour market,” he said.

GML’s Senior Vice President – Africa Business Unit, Terry Strong, said the training programme will give unemployed graduates the opportunity to gain work experience that will complement their studies and help them compete in the job market.

“With several successes achieved so far, GGML is committed to continuing the on-the-job training programme as an important recruitment tool,” he said.

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