Another Batch of Liberians Begin ADT Operator Training
A new batch of recruits to be trained as Articulated Dump Trucks (ADTs) operators has been presented to vehicle trainers of the ArcelorMittal Liberia Training Academy for intensive theoretical and practical training lessons.
The trainees constitute the third batch to be trained as ADT operators since the program began early this year. About 22 persons, including males and females from mines-affected communities, are currently benefiting. The previous batches contained 24 persons each.
The trainees went through a rigorous recruitment process, during which they were shortlisted by the Human Resources Department for aptitude tests and the Learning Ability Battery (LAB). Successful candidates were then turned over for training in defensive driving and related activities.
Before operating the main truck, they learned some theory and practice on simulators to familiarize the in-training operators with the ADT driving experience.
The mostly young trainees have excitedly welcomed the opportunity as a major empowerment program for them.
Metaakor Toah, a recruit with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, said the opportunity is essential to Liberia and AML as beneficiaries will be economically empowered to support the company’s operation while increasing revenue for the government for development.
Sarah M. Seakel, one of the few females recruited, said, “This is the opportunity that we young people are seeking that AML has provided me and other Liberians.”
Nicholas B. Swen, another recruit, stated that being a part of the training is a dream come true. Nicholas, who plays football, said the opportunity is a transitional point for him as he is aging for his football career.
During the orientation, Equipment Trainer, Victor B. Moore, indicated that the trainees were first learning the rules that AML expects them to follow while undergoing the training. Moore said, “We are telling them about exhibiting good behavior, operating the equipment properly so that AML will not go into unnecessary expenses, and how to operate safely considering their own lives as well as the proper management of the equipment.”
The third batch, like other batches, is to spend at least three months in training to become full operators. Upon completion, each will be given a contract which will subsequently lead to employment as time goes by.