Our People Learning and development

Learning and development

Our people are our most valuable asset

We are committed to the skills and development of our people. Our Learning and Development department has a mandate to ensure that we have a fully functional, competent and safety-conscious workforce to help the company achieve its strategic objectives.
New Training Centre at Tarkwa mine

Our people undergo various structured training and development interventions grouped under five broad categories:

  • Leadership and management development programmes

  • Professional training

  • Technical and artisanal training

  • Induction and awareness training

  • Coaching and mentoring

These training programmes are tailored to suit the specific needs of each employee so that they can improve their skills and develop their potential.

In 2019, our employees and those of our business partners benefitted from over 55 management, leadership development and artisanal programmes, with a cumulative attendance of over 9,800 trainees.

Key training and development programmes conducted in 2019 include:
  • Strategic leadership programme for executives at Oxford University
  • Management development programmes for mid-level managers
  • Finance training for non-finance managers
  • Communication and report writing
  • Assertiveness training for all employees
  • HR business partner training
  • Women in mining training
  • Technical and artisanal training programmes for mechanics, electricians, instrumentation technicians and boilermakers
  • Training in operating engineering equipment, fabrication, repair works, drill and blast, ground water engineering, rock mechanics as well as diagnostics and fault-finding

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we conducted most management and leadership training sessions virtually in 2020 and 2021. We are also exploring opportunities for e‑learning and to incorporate virtual reality in our technical training.

Investment in training

Since 2014, we have invested close to US$15m in various competency-enhancement and professional development programmes for our people.

The downward trend in the training and development spend is because of the reduction of our workforce resulting from the transition from owner mining to contract mining at our Tarkwa mine in 2018.