Ghana's Premier brewery, Accra Brewery Limited (ABL) and Voltic Ghana Limited continue to place a high premium on training and skills development of their employees.
The two companies have within the past year spent over one million Ghana Cedis on various types of training and skills acquisition programs for its employees.
In their quest to ensure that there is a regular pool of well trained and skilled technical and engineering personnel, ABL and Voltic have struck a partnership with the Engineering Training Centre of mining firm, AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) to offer practical engineering training to their artisans and apprentices.
The Apprenticeship Training and Artisans Development programs being run by the AngloGold Ashanti Engineering Training Centre and certified by City and Guilds, has so far trained 10 middle level technical and engineering employees from ABL and Voltic Gh Ltd.
The two programs cover 1 and 3 year periods respectfully. Currently, 12 artisans and 12 apprentices are undergoing further training at the centre. They include machine specialist and process artisans, among others. The beneficiaries are mostly holders of vocational and technical as well as HND certificates.
The ABL- Voltic/AGA strategic partnership started in 2011.The objective for the introduction of these two programs for employees of the two leading beverage and water manufacturing companies in Ghana is to enhance their technical skills, reduce maintenance cost as well as improve productivity.
As a means of broadening the scope of the training being offered and also to make it more relevant to the needs of ABL and Voltic , the leadership of the Anglogold Ashanti Engineering Training Centre have visited the Accra plants of ABL and Voltic Gh Ltd to acquaint themselves with the plants and equipment being used by the two companies.
This first-hand knowledge, according to the Head of the centre, Mr. Joseph Amponsah, "will enable us offer tailor made skills training and delivery to the trainees, who seem very eager to learn new ideas and principles within their areas of expertise.
This visit is a major eye opener as it will further enhance the nature of practical assignments for the trainees from ABL and Voltic".
Director of Human Resource at ABL/VolticMr Akature Ania believes the two training programmes have had very significant impacts on the operations of the two firms indicating that "for close to two years, we have noticed a drastic reduction in maintenance cost whiles the quality of our maintenance culture has also improved.
Our decision to inject over three hundred thousand Ghana Cedis in this venture is paying off quite well".
Mr. Ania added "this training initiative cuts across all our operational areas in Africa and indicates our resolve to close the huge gap between demand and supply of well trained and skilled technical and engineering human resource".