Debswana offers mining courses scholarship

Debswana Diamond Company has demonstrated its commitment to skills development in the country through the newly revived tertiary education scholarship programme.

A major contributor to Botswana’s revenue, the company has pledged to assist in developing the right skills for the diamond mining industry. The programme seeks to offer 50 scholarships in the relevant disciplines that are currently facing a shortage of skilled manpower. Metallurgy, Mine Survey and Chemical Engineering are some of the disciplines in which skills are needed.

The programme will commence this month with newspaper advertisements detailing the requirements and scholarships available for specific disciplines in the mining industry. Johannes Motshegare, Senior Organisational Effectiveness & Talent Manager, said: “This programme is targeting all Batswana citizens who completed their form five in 2014 and self-sponsored A-Levels students currently doing their first and second year of study. Since this is a new start, Debswana would like to target fresh school leavers to begin the journey with and avoid disrupting those who have already begun their academic journey. Debswana aims to produce graduates in relevant disciplines as per the company’s skills requirements.” Selection criteria will be used to define the cut off and pass mark or grade per relevant subject followed by an oral interview and Psychometric evaluation, which will be monitored by a panel of experts from various fields.

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