LIBERIA: High-tech AML equipment at Yekepa training academy hailed by community leader

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VTC and AML Department of Government and Community Relations staff alongside community leaders in Yekepa Township

Recently, community leaders from Yekepa township and some citizens visited the ArcelorMittal Liberia Training Academy (AMLTA, formerly the VTC) to get an idea of ​​the high quality training facilities and educational resources available there.

Incredulous but excited by what they saw, residents and community leaders thanked management as they toured the various departments and heard the trainers talk about the uses of the machines and the goods they produce.

As part of his introduction to the academy and its offerings, AMLTA Director Dawie Loots noted that the facility is equipped with state-of-the-art machinery in all departments, which is used to train young Liberians. in the professions they have chosen at an international level. Standard.

After showing the group around the facility, Loots led a discussion on how AMLTA is making a difference in the lives of young people in Liberia, who he believes will play a pivotal role in the country’s economic future.

Participants who passed ArcelorMittal Liberia’s mass recruitment exercise held in Bassa, Bong and Nimba counties a few months ago will receive training at AMLTA on the operations of the concentrate facility under construction, a he declared.

Additionally, Loots revealed that an advanced level of electronics would be taught and a 14-classroom building would soon be on the ground to accommodate additional people.

He stressed that luck was not for him or AML, but for Liberia and Liberians, and he urged community leaders and residents to encourage their children to enroll in the academy to prepare for a better future.

Residents of Yekepa posted separate comments in which they praised AML and the training school and expressed disappointment that some local youngsters were less interested in learning skills that could help them find better jobs and live a better life.

A local resident, Mrs. Ida Jensen, whose son attended the academy, said her son has become a capable and helpful member of the family since graduating.

Moses Guannu, President of Yekepa Township, was impressed with the facility’s high-tech equipment and asked AML management to provide them with additional information about AMLTA so that they could, in their role as community leaders, spreading the word about what a fantastic place it is.

Mr. Edmund Gbah, AML Community Relations Supervisor in Yekepa, recently reminded local community leaders and citizens that the academy’s training opportunities are for Liberia, not AML.

Mr. Gbah touched on the subject of testing and assessment, saying that it is impossible for an educational institution to accept students without first assessing their skills. He assured them that if they put in the effort in class, they would do as well as any other applicants who wish to attend the institution.

In addition, Community Relations Manager Vaanii Kiazolu commended the academy administration for inviting locals to visit the facilities and encouraged parents to use the opportunity to educate their children through a open dialogue with them.

Mr Kiazolu echoed Mr Gbah’s concerns that many young people are unprepared for the test because they would rather have “free goods” than earn them through hard work.

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