AML Inducts 19 YPP Cohort ’22 -To Open Employment Opportunities

The ArcelorMittal Liberia Mining company in furtherance of its corporate social responsibility and a commitment to be a true partner to Liberia’s socio-economic growth and development on Thursday, June 2, 2022, inducted 19 new cohorts into its Young Professional Program aimed at opening employment opportunities and career path for young university graduates in various fields of disciplines and will be trained and mentored in the various departments and sections of the steel giants for 10 months.

In a brief overview of the YPP program which is entering into its second season, Head of Human Resources and Development, Rose B. Kingston, commended the new intakes for going through a rigorous process leading to the selection and noted that at AML it is not who you know but what you know because there are processes that discourages undercutting system but encourages competition and hardwork

“For our YPP initiative, our objective is to expose you to our institution in our various areas, where you will learn and gain experience and at the same time you are going to provide us the opportunities to get to know you, share your talents with us and work with you and get work done for us. So, it is a two way partnership, so it is not just we are helping you, you are also giving something in return”, she said.

She told the inductees that the internship is not only just like the other internship program where one can constantly be learning, but also constantly experiencing and evaluating the company whether it is one’s right place or not.

“You will be going into mining, technical services, environmental, corporate services, government relations, health and safety and human resources. So the other colleagues that are not here will be going to supply chain and other areas.

“So in the next ten months you are going to be required to go into your various departments and you are going to learn there. For example, if you end up in the supply chain, you will be learning a little bit about contracts, you will be learning a little bit about procurement and buying. So you don’t just sit in one place and say you have arrived. No. We send you to the departments to teach you some experience”, Madam Kingston, who pioneered the project said.

While introducing alumni who graduated from the first cohort, Amos Z. B. Flomo, himself an alumni and now a senior trainer officer, read out a list of several of them, some of whom were now in very important positions at AML and solicited the cooperation and seriousness of the 2022 set to take full advantage of the opportunities being availed to them.

Also at the program three alumni members from the first cohort made presentations of their personal encounters and experiences as pioneer members. Miss Patience Todey, Messrs. Darius Wonyan and Dave Wonyen who are now serving AML as Contract Administrator(Supply Chain Department), Mineralogist(Technical Services Department) and Supervisor Shift D (Mine) told the audience of their individual testimonies which can be summed up with the understanding that they called into the YPP undertaking knowing nothing but at the end of the program, garnered a lot of knowledge, experience and exposure to various training and mentorship which according to them have open many doors of opportunities beyond what they were prepared for at AML.

Amid applause from the audience, especially the new inductees, the alumni kept them spellbound and challenged the new intakes to live up to their expectation of the internship which they termed as rigorous but rewarding.

The list of mentors assigned to the inductees by groups was read by Abner T. G. Lawrence, Senior Onboarding Officer where they were also told to also consult and relate with their mentors on anything that may be of a challenge to them and not seeking for assistance from any other person.

Also speaking at the occasion, Boakai Jaleiba, HR Business Partner at the Yekepa Operations of the Company spoke about the intervention AML has been making in the area of capacity building for Liberians, citing the 55 scholarships under the MDA scheme and the new drive under the Community Scholarship for the 3 project counties of Bong , Nimba and Grand Bassa Counties where scholarship opportunities will be given to scholastic students in High Schools, Colleges and Universities as well as in house training facilities for staff of AML that will take them to Canada and Brazil to enhance their capacity.

Miss Louis Kumba Abudu, who responded on behalf of her colleagues, expressed thanks and appreciation for the opportunity and promised that they will do all in their power to make sure that the offer will be received with all the seriousness it deserves.

Speaking on behalf of the management, Mr. Duke Davis, Supervisor of the Environmental Department welcomed the new recruits into the YPP and told them both the success and challenging stories of the first batch which they could learn one or two things from to leverage on the opportunities being availed to them.

He told them that being part of the cohort is not the necessary condition that they will be made permanent staff, but as a cohort the chance of getting recruited can be enhanced by how serious and committed they will be to the project.

At the end of the occasion, the inductees signed on to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between AML and them.

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