Base Titanium (“Base”) has held a graduation to mark the
end of its second intake of apprentices.
The programme was run in collaboration
with the National Industrial Training Institute (“NITA”) and
targeted 10 recent form-four leavers who had ambitions to become
qualified light vehicle mechanics.
The programme was designed to allow
for maximum on the job practical experience so the graduating
students would be “job ready” for their next employer.
NITA designed and delivered the
theoretical component through an intense, condensed classroom
programme which was supplemented by direct practical application
on the job.
The first apprentice programme was
launched in collaboration with the Technical University (TUM) of
Mombasa in 2014.
This was a three-year Diploma
programme targeting 20 apprentices who were selected from areas
directly impacted by the Base Titanium Kwale mine.
The program successfully produced
qualified electricians, boilermakers and heavy vehicle motor
The twenty, while currently working on
a short-term upgrade project at Base, are developing a business
plan to set up a trade cooperative business to provide qualified
domestic and commercial trade services on the coast.
During the graduation event Mr. Paul
Thompson the Occupational Health, Safety and Training Manager at
Base Titanium, noted that, “This is a programme we are proud of.
“We have been able to work with
tertiary institutions to design two courses that are real
and meet the needs of industry.
“We will now begin to bridge the known
skills gaps in trade skill areas and enable industry players
to access job ready talent.
“Such programmes will be key to
enticing large-scale investors to the mining sector and will
ultimately assist in Kenya’s economic transformation.
“What we need is more industry players
to join us in our journey, giving Kenya’s youth access to
real on the job training.”
NITA commended Base on its training
programmes and urged that they be used as a model for other
programs to ensure a consistent approach to skills transfer
across other Kenyan industries and organisations.
The Ministry of Mining envisages a
growth target for the mining sector to contribute 10% to GDP by
Mining companies will play a
significant role in providing some of the key ingredients,
including capacity building, to attract further large-scale
investments in the mining sector to meet its targets.
Following the success of the first two
programmes, Base and NITA signed a third Memorandum of
Understanding that will see them mounting the third apprentice
programme to commence in October 2017.
The programme will have 24 students
pursuing a Mechanical, Automotive or Electrical craft
certificate at NITA’s Mombasa campus.
The company has invested over KES 16
million in its apprentice training programmes and believes the
return on the investment has been threefold.