Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) together with International Oil Companies (IOCs) are preparing to start production of Uganda’s oil and gas. Other agencies are helping Ugandans build capacity to work in the restrictive industry.
However, as an individual, you can help yourself and look for places where you can acquire the skills set needed to participate in the oil and gas sector. Public and private universities have rolled a number of courses to train Ugandans who want to work in the industry.
One such university is Victoria University Kampala. To smoothly do this, the university up a fully-fledged petroleum department to deliver courses and skills learners need to start a career in the oil and gas sector. These are some of the courses the department offers.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN OIL & GAS ACCOUNTING
The BSc in Oil and Gas Accounting is a course designed to develop specialized knowledge and skills specifically for an accounting career in the oil and gas industry. It offers a blend of theory, experience and the practical skills required for effective financial accounting and management within the industry.
The course will enable students to develop a critical awareness of the key issues in accounting for upstream oil and gas exploration, development and production activities, and is delivered by respected academics with relevant industry experience.
The three year course in oil and gas accounting will enable students to develop a critical awareness of the key issues in accounting for upstream oil and gas exploration, development and production activities.
Studies in oil and gas accounting will prepare graduates to measure and analyse the income, costs, sources and uses of funds of oil companies at different levels of the oil and gas value chain on the basis of certain generally accepted principles.
Such measurements and analyses are helpful to those directly responsible for attaining production, marketing and financial objectives along the value chain.
INTRODUCTION TO THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
The course, delivered over a period of six weeks, is designed to provide oil and gas professionals the opportunity to gain a technical and commercial understanding of the industry fundamentals.
Participants will be introduced to the scientific origins of oil and gas; the commercial issues underpinning hydrocarbon exploration and development; the role of government and its agencies; oil and gas terminology; the technological process of exploration; the technological process of drilling; health and safety issues, environmental a management; and the technological process of production among others.
CERTIFICATE IN OIL AND GAS SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT
This course, also delivered over a period of six months, focuses on an overview of logistics and procurement management in the oil, and gas industry based on the concept of supply chain management (SCM).
The course will enable participants to gain a broad perspective of the oil & gas upstream, midstream and downstream operations through the concept of supply chain value management to improve economics, safety, and environmental considerations; and to: boost their understanding of competitive and strategic supply chain operations such as oil & gas production, shipping, refining, storage, demand forecasting, contracts, prices, distribution, sales, etc.
CERTIFICATE IN HSE MANAGEMENT IN OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
The course gives an introduction to the health, safety and environ-mental challenges encountered in the oil and gas industry. It provides an insight into the main drivers of the regulatory frame-work that govern compliance in this sector and their importance in Protecting people, assets and the environment.
Participants will study the main environmental impacts of the oil and gas cycle, from exploration to abandonment/decommissioning and develop an appreciation of the key functions of environmental management frameworks.
Attention will also be paid to the development and application of environmental and health management systems as an integral parts of the oil and gas business frameworks
ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT
This course provides an introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of the start-up and management of SMEs. At the end of this course, the participants will be able to describe best practices for facilitating the easy setting up of business targets, monitoring of business results and continuous improvement, outline the links between SME business development, entrepreneurship and leadership, illustrate stakeholder identification and integration strategies, gain knowledge and skills to enable them Cite methodology and tools for enterprise strategic, financial and production planning and outline means of improving capacity for trade, investments, and access to market.
CERTIFICATION OF THESE COURSES
The oil and gas courses offered at Victoria University come with a practical aspect where students are taken on fields and helped get internship placements.
The university has harvested key partnerships with international university like UK’s Coventry University with whom they signed a MoU to collaborate and coordinate an oil and gas project with Ministry Of Education and Sports called Twinning for Curriculum Development, International Accreditation, Adaption and Training in Petroleum Related Construction Trades at Uganda Technical Collage Kicwamba.
“In the long term, we hope that Coventry University together with the education ministry will also accredit all the oil and gas short courses at Victoria University,” Dr. Drake Kyarimpa, the coordinator of oil and gas training at Victoria University in July interview.