Total E&P Uganda has said 200 Ugandan capable welders will be trained and equipped with the skills and certification that enable them to work in the oil and gas sector. The training according to Total E&P Uganda General Manager Adewale Fayemi will be free of charge.
The beneficiaries must be residents of districts in the albertine grabben region and district that will host the crude oil export pipeline. To qualify for the training that will be conducted in Buliisa and Lwengo districts one must possess a welding certificate and experience of not less than two years.
Total speaking to journalists in Kampala on Tuesday said the training will develop a domestic pool of internationally certified welders of the American Welding Society Standard.
The training will be held over the course of at least 24 weeks and will initially benefit 200 welders from Nwoya, Masindi, Nebbi, Buliisa and Hoima, as well as the districts along the pipeline route, to include Kakumiro, Kyankwanzi, Mubende, Gomba, Sembabule, Lwengo and Kyotera.
Fayemi said Uganda’s oil and gas project is moving steadily into the development phase and a strategy has been developed to strengthen the National content potential and the ability for local companies to compete favorably.
“During the development phase, a lot of technicians will be needed for the project. It is therefore essential to train and certify technicians such as welders to enhance their knowledge and skills required to not only meet the demands of the project but also ensure that the highest standards of safety are considered. Due to the highly technical nature of the industry, quality and safety cannot be compromised” Fayemi added.
The training will be conducted by 2 Ugandan Companies, Q-Training also known as the The Assessment and Skilling Centre (TASC) and E360 Group Ltd. The two companies have commendable experience in providing manpower services for the past ten years, serving clients in large multi – national companies in the region.
Calls for applications to the training will be made through radio advertisements on local stations, vocational training institutes, District officials and local government offices.
The trainers will perform technical training and certification of candidates up to 2G and 4G coded welding levels in line with the industry standards and health, Safety and environment training among others.