Youths in Natural Resources visits Aurora Gold Mine
DPI, GUYANA, Thursday, August 17, 2017
The youths participating in the Ministry of Natural Resources Apprenticeship programme got an up-close look at mining operations as part of their schedule.
On Wednesday, the 16 young men and women were briefed by Aurora Gold Mines (AGM) staff on the company’s operations before taking a tour of the mines and milling operations.
Fatima Karim, an aspiring petroleum engineer, told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the experience has left her in somewhat of a dilemma on which industry in the natural resources she chooses to work in.
“What this trip has done… is that it has made me become more interested in the field of mining and I’m thinking that maybe it has changed my career path” Karim said.
Karim added that she would like to develop a form of technology that will make mining environmentally safe. More importantly, the visit has clarified misconceptions in the mining industry. “It’s not a very environmentally dangerous project, they do their best to make sure that the environment is kept in the same manner,” she opined.
AGM is one of the sponsors of the Ministry of Natural Resources inaugural apprenticeship programme. “We were very enthusiastic about participating in that programme primarily because one of our mandates from a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) perspective is to make an onboarding of skills and interests in the industry,” Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Officer of AGM Leon Roberts said.
Youths in Natural Resources is a three week programme which seeks to reverse the negativity connected to the extractive sector while at the same time stimulating interest among young people in the work of the Ministry of Natural Resources.
By: Tiffny Rhodius