2019 Africa Awards Winner Recap: Best Workforce and Industry Development Initiative

Automation Training at the Syama Gold Mine

The 2019 AAMEG Africa Awards saw some outstanding applications from a number of companies, including Resolute Mining, who won the ‘Best Workforce and Industry Development Initiative’ award for their Malian Talent Development Program, situated in South Mali.

This project recruits a significant number of senior school students to participate in a three-year apprenticeship program. Final year students are given the opportunity to undertake an internship program and college students are accepted for vocational training – the top student receiving a yearly bursary scheme to study at an Australian University.

In order to win the Workforce and Industry Development award, Resolute had to demonstrate evidentiary-based practice in the areas of Local Content, Industry and Workforce Capability Development and Innovation—including a long-term focus on sustaining success and developing transferrable capabilities.

Resolute’s Malian Talent Development Program (MTDP) did just that.

As Lassana Konate from Resolute Mining explains, “The program’s ultimate goal is developing Malian nationals into the leaders, managers, executives and skilled personnel to phase out the expats that have traditionally held these jobs in mining companies.”

“It’s about the localisation of skilled and senior positions. Resolute currently has 15 senior Malian employees undergoing this program and has for the first time a Malian as the Mine Manager.”

Resolute was able to articulate efforts to meeting needs and aspirations of their host community through their workforce development programs, which were mutually beneficial. Their program demonstrated compliance with government regulations and satisfied a need within their local community of operations – allowing Resolute to hire practically trained, local employees.

Finally, innovation stemmed from the company’s work toward developing the world’s first purpose built, fully automated underground gold mine at Syama.

Their industry development efforts supported this innovation, as they implemented an Automation Crew Development Program to actively recruit and hire young local female and male candidates with the intention of giving them employment as autonomous operators at the Syama mine once established.

Founder and Chairperson of the African Dream Foundation and 2019 award judge, Fadzai Matambanadzo commented, “Resolute’s Syama mine in Mali presents many operating complexities, and the decision to award Resolute Mining was based on the Company’s leadership and extraordinary efforts to proactively hire, recruit and train a local and diverse workforce at its Syama underground gold mine – one of the most sophisticated and advanced gold mines in Africa and in the world.”

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