-Over “Vision Truly Transforming Tomorrow”
By: Mellish Gbor Reporter Nimba D-9
YEKEPA-Over the weekend, ArcelorMittal Liberia Training Academy in Yekapa, Nimba County graduated 50 young engineers and the company absorbed all of them into its workforce.
The 50 young Liberians walked away with diplomas in various technical fields including diesel mechanics, fitting, industrial electricity, and boiler making after three years of practical and theoretical training.
A statement by ArcelorMittal said they included three females and are from all parts of Liberia, with Nimba, Bong, and Grand Bassa Counties dominating in number.
According to AML, this batch of its training academy graduates supports the company’s efforts to contribute to the empowerment and skill development of Liberia’s youth and is also aligned with the company’s massive Phase Two expansion project.
During the graduation held at ABC University in Yekepa, ArcelorMittal-Liberia Training Academy (AMLTA) Manager Dawie Loots was filled with excitement highlighted the key role of being part of the historic transformation the technical school is making.
Loot explained how being a part of the story of the transformation of the VTC to the ArcelorMittal Liberia Training Academy (AMLTA) is one of the most cherished experiences that displays a strong sense of fulfillment of purpose.
The AMLTA Manager told the audience it is the goal of the company to always provide necessary skills and knowledge for all “our learners, enabling them to be competent to perform their duties within the workplace and community”.
“The graduation of the 2nd batch of skilled young people from the ArcelorMittal Liberia Training Academy is evidence that the vision of AML and this great institution (AMLTA) is being achieved with profound impact on Liberia’s youthful population”.
Manager Dawie Loots further stressed that such a feat could not have been achieved without the strong support of management, the sacrifices and commitment of each staff, and without the perseverance of the students”.
He congratulated the families and friends of the graduates whom he said have stood by them 3 years running.
The manager reminded the graduates of how they have opened a new chapter in their lives, and they should remember that it is the beginning of their journey in meeting their goals and dreams.
“What lies ahead now will pose many more and even bigger challenges. These challenges might not be easy. The road of life and building a career will have some curves, over the past 3 years you have polished and built your skillset on discipline, high standards, and attitude that will enable you to succeed in whatever will come your way”.
‘Be smart, decisive, and calculate your choices as that will help you to navigate the way forward. Remember you are part of the AMLTA family and asked the graduates to always carry AMLTA name with dignity and pride. You were an excellent group, and I am very proud of you. May the key you receive today unlock the doors of your dreams”.
In his years at ArcelorMittal, Loot has demonstrated a strong commitment to the development of the training academy and ensuring that it lives by some of the best free, fair, and transparent recruitment practices.
Launched in 2018, the ArcelorMittal Liberia Vocational Training Center (VTC) in Yekepa, now the ArcelorMittal Training Academy is a USD $ 7 million investment by the company to provide improved technical, educational opportunities in several disciplines for young Liberians to enhance the workforce and economic development for a prosperous Liberia.