Metallon Corporation selected 15 university graduates, aged 18 – 28 from over 1 000 applicants in Zimbabwe and the selection process comprised of academic merits and grades, interview procedures and psychometric testing.
As part of the scheme, the graduates will have a six weeks rotation period visiting all the mining operations to gather a full understanding of the business, before being placed in their target discipline.
Disciplines include mining engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, geology, human resources, SHEQ (Safety, Health, Environment and Quality) and IT.
At their disciplines, graduates will work closely alongside highly experienced colleagues and in the future they will have the opportunity to be fast tracked to managerial positions.
Metallon Corporation plans to run its Graduate Training Scheme every two years.
The company will soon be extending its learner-ship development programs to the School of Mines and Polytechnic College cadets and apprentices.
Ken Mekani, CEO of Metallon Corporation comments: “My career commenced when I joined the company as a graduate trainee and having risen through the ranks over the years, I can demonstrate that this scheme can have a very significant and rewarding impact.”
“We are training the brightest and most dedicated individuals, not only to be good managers of our business, but also to provide the skills and knowledge required for future managers of our country’s rich resources,” says Mekani.
Rebuilding the country’s skills base is key to the future growth of the company and to driving the Zimbabwean economy.
Hopeson Chiswa, Head of HR and Metallon management services says the company had an overwhelming response from applicants and the candidates had to undergo a rigorous interview and application process.
Chiswa adds that this programme will allow the graduates to fully understand every aspect of the business and become experts in their chosen fields.
“Mining is a fantastic career choice, and Metallon Corporation is the best choice for graduate trainees due to the diversity of our mining methods and processing plants. What we offer here is a work environment that challenges the trainee and, at the same time, offers fantastic career development opportunities,” says Chiswa.
“Before joining the Graduate Training Scheme, I studied at the Midlands State University, graduating with a degree in Information Systems (IT). I was always interested in working in the mining sector so I was glad to learn that Metallon had just restarted its graduate scheme,” says Besina Laula, graduate trainee
“It was the opportunity I had been waiting for so I grabbed it with both hands and I was over the moon to hear I had succeeded. I am currently working in the IT department at Metallon management services, where I interact with various functions,” says Laula.
Laula believes that mining industry is a great industry to get into and Metallon, being the leader in its field, is the best choice to make for her future.