Kagem Mining has offered sponsorship to two young Zambian geology and mining engineering students.
“As a leading player in the gemstone sector, we need to encourage professionalism by offering a platform for local professionals to venture into our sector and chart a career,” said Kagem Head of Human Resources Gibson Banda.
Statistics indicates that most young professionals in mining and geology have been attracted to the base metal industry.
Banda said the initiative aims to break that scenario by giving a platform for students with high-performing capabilities, but who are vulnerable, to excel in their education.
The beneficiaries are 22 year-old George Mulenga Nkonde and 22 year-old Vincent Michelo passed the rigorous selection process to continue their studies in geologist and mining engineering with the University of Zambia (UNZA) School of Mines and Copperbelt University (CBU) School of Mines and Mineral Sciences respectively.
The two join Kagem’s four other students in the programme, which covers the full cost of education including tuition fees, boarding fees, up-keep, clothing and book allowances, and a medical scheme with the mine.
In addition, students are offered internship opportunities at the world’s largest producing emerald mine during recess, an apprenticeship on completion, and additional training in areas deemed necessary by the company.
“We are giving them different stones that are commonly found in the industry so that students are able to correlate what they are learning in class with what they will see in the industry they’re heading towards.
“We have created a display for these stones, so students can see the name of each stone, where they can be found and how it is mined,” said Kagem Training Manager Robert Kantumoya.