• As management decides to hire all

(December 18, 2022, Yekepa, Nimba) Fifty young Liberians who graduated from the ArcelorMittal Liberia Training Academy (AMLTA) in Yekepa on Saturday will be gradually absorbed by the company with an attractive start-up package, according to an announcement.

Recruitment of the most recent class of AMLTA graduates supports ArcelorMittal Liberia’s efforts to contribute to the empowerment and skill development of Liberian youth and is also in line with the company’s massive Phase Two expansion.

Liberia’s Minister of Labor Councilor Charles Gibson delivered the commencement address at the second graduation ceremony of the ArcelorMittal Liberia Training Academy (AMLTA) in Yekepa, Nimba. He praised ArcelorMittal Liberia for making a significant investment in youth development through the operation of its state-of-the-art ArcelorMittal Liberia Training Academy (AMLTA).

Following a visit to the mines and the ArcelorMittal Liberia Training Academy, Minister Gibson expressed his admiration for the company’s education and training facilities as well as the high number of Liberians employed.

He stated that this was the first time a concessionaire had provided so many jobs after investing in the training and development of a group of Liberians.

After three years of practical and theoretical training, fifty young Liberians received diplomas in various technical fields, including diesel mechanics, fitting, industrial electricity, and boiler making. They are from all regions of Liberia, with Nimba, Bong, and Grand Bassa Counties being the most populous.

Saturday’s commencement ceremony, which was attended by government officials, stakeholders in the Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) sector, families, and community members, featured a colorful awards ceremony for the institution’s top performers in various categories and departments.

Minister Gibson, addressing the ArcelorMittal Liberia Third Amended Mineral Development Agreement (MDA), urged the swift resolution of outstanding issues and ratification of the agreement.

ArcelorMittal is the largest taxpayer and investor in Liberia; therefore, separating AML from Liberia would be disastrous. “By investing an additional $1 billion to build the concentrator, AML demonstrates its commitment to the long-term by making a long-term investment.”

The Liberian Minister of Labor stated that the sooner the ArcelorMittal Liberia Third Amended Mineral Development Agreement is ratified, the greater the impact it will have not only on youth employment but also on revenue generation.

Jozephus Coenen, CEO of ArcelorMittal Liberia, has emphasized the many benefits of the ArcelorMittal Liberia Phase Two expansion project and the positive ripple effects of the company’s third amended MDA, once ratified.

We are constructing a concentrator that will add value to iron ore before exportation begins in 2025, at which point we will export 15 million tons per year. “Not only will this benefit our shareholders, but also Liberia and the surrounding communities,” CEO Coenen emphasized.

During the commencement ceremony, he informed guests that the ArcelorMittal Liberia Training Academy is expanding to accommodate more people and will introduce new courses in addition to those already available.

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