The First lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janat Kataaha Museveni last week launched the Welders Certification Program as part of efforts to bring Ugandans to the job market in the Oil and Gas sector.
This is part of CNOOC Uganda’s efforts to train, skill and certify Ugandans, especially those in the Albertine region, as well as equip them with necessary skills and certification to participate in the budding Oil and Gas industry.
Mr. Zhao Shunqiang, President, CNOOC Uganda, said one of the ways his firm can be relevant and useful to the people in host communities is by enabling them to be competitive in the job market by giving them industry related training and certification.
Mr. Zhao added that the program comes at an opportune time when there are opportunities in the upstream, midstream and other industries associated with oil and gas like the petrochemical industry. All these require specialist welders and other certified personal.
The Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Museveni thanked CNOOC for this initiative which shows commitment to National Content promotion. She expressed gratefulness for the oil and gas sector’s support to the education sector in Uganda.
The Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Hon. Irene Muloni remarked that they are committed to produce oil at the best cost using the locally available goods and services. ‘Training welders is the first step towards achieving that goal,” she said.
The Pilot Project will see 30 Welders certified in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) ISO 9606 Certification for 1G (common for rotating pipes), 2G (horizontal position welding) and 3G (vertical position welding), which will last for 60 days, starting in July to September 2018 at the Sunmaker Oil & Gas Training Institute in Bugolobi, Kampala.
The institutions involved include; Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba (UPIK), Uganda technical College-Kichwamba, St. Simon Peters Vocational Technical Institute, Nile Vocational Institute, Kyema Uganda Technical College.
As part of the sponsorship, CNOOC Uganda Limited will cover all students’ tuition and living out costs during at the Sunmaker Oil & Gas Training Institute.
Welding, as a major occupation in oil and gas is both crucial and relevant and gives an opportunity to the graduates to participate in the industry and other areas that require specialized welding capabilities.
This training initiative is in compliance with the National Content Regulation 17 and 21 that requires IOCs to train Ugandans and empower local citizens through capacity building in order to contribute to the oil and gas industry.