Base Titanium, the Kwale based company that operates Kenya’s largest mining operation has announced the completion of the second intake in its Graduate Trainees Programme. The 18-month programme provided formal and on the job training for 11 graduates across various departments. Base Titanium’s Training Superintendent Esther Gikonyo noted that, “Ultimately, our goal is to ensure Kenya’s youth are exposed to how a large-scale mine is operated and they take in what they learn and become part of transforming the economy through the growing mining sector. We are committed to transferring skills and knowledge to a future generation of men and women who will eventually take up leadership positions to steer the growth of Kenya’s mining sector.” Before the graduate is attached to their department, they complete a three-month rotation through all other departments. The rotation includes time spent in Finance and Administration, Human Resources, Environmental Programmes, Community Programmes, Government Relations as well as the operational departments consisting of Mining, Production, Maintenance and the Port. This allows the graduate to gain an appreciation of the contribution of other departments to the overall end goal of the company and a broader understanding of what it takes to operate the Kwale Mine. The company invested over Ksh70 million in its training programmes in the year 2016-2017 and will invest a similar amount in its fiscal year 2017-2018 as a new group of 12 Graduate Trainees join the programme.
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