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US$4.5M TO TRAIN 200 GHANAIANS IN OIL SECTOR

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The Accelerated Oil and Gas Capacity Programme (AOGC) has secured a $4.5 million to build the capacity of 200 Ghanaians and place them in the upstream oil sector at the start of 2019.

The Accelerated Oil and Gas Capacity Programme (AOGC) has secured a $4.5 million to build the capacity of 200 Ghanaians and place them in the upstream oil sector at the start of 2019.

 

The programme, which is being funded by Norway’s Aker Energy, will see the training and certification of the beneficiaries in core functions such as mechanical technician, electrical technician, instrumentation technician, welder, metal fabricator and non-destructive test (NDT) technician.

All the beneficiaries will acquire at the same time the Basic Offshore Induction and Emergency (BOSIET) training to facilitate their smooth transition into the upstream petroleum sector as qualified technicians.

Once trained and certified, the beneficiaries can take up roles in the oil and gas industry.

Storehouse

The Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, made this plan known at a biweekly press briefing in Accra yesterday.

He said the 200 beneficiaries were being selected through industry sector groups as well as by individual application to the programme.

“The selection is being done in consultation with industries sector groups who have a good store of some of these persons who just require some further training and certification in these areas so that they can function.
“There is also room for application under the AOCG,” he said.

Local content

Mr Oppong Nkrumah said the training has become necessary because many of the job opportunities in these areas are being taken by foreign nationals, as their local counterparts do not have the skills and certification to do so.

“This has led to a situation where incomes that flow from there are being expatriated to their home countries,” he said.

“This programme has been designed to build the capacities of Ghanaians and to get them certified so that Ghanaians can take these jobs from some of these expats as well.”

The Petroleum (Local Content and Participation) Regulations 2013 (LI 2204) has created a congenial legal environment that obliges international oil companies to have a local component to their operations. It also offers a detailed succession planning strategy for graduation and incorporation of Ghanaians into work done by these firms.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah was optimistic that the training will “add a further 200 skilled workers to the upstream industry and ensure that, increasingly, more of the jobs in the upstream sector are … done by Ghanaians”.