British energy company BG Group has said it is going to invest $1.45 million to develop skills need to work in the oil and gas sector. The money will cover a period of five years.
The “Skills for Oil and Gas in Africa” (SOGA ) programme is an initiative of UK’s Department for International Development, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
It is being delivered by the German international development agency, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Kenya and Tanzania where BG Group operates.
“This partnership breaks new ground, providing opportunity for local communities to gain the skills and experiences needed to access employment opportunities in and around the emerging oil and gas industry.
Simultaneously companies will be enabled to respond to the strong expectations from host governments and societies. SOGA will deliver training on-the-ground,” says Ramanie Kunanayagam, BG Group Head of Social Performance.
“The SOGA initiative provides the opportunity for scale, leveraged funding and additional technical expertise that no single partner can provide on its own. We hope through our partnership, we can jointly illustrate the value adding benefits from such a public private sector collaboration,” adds Ramanie.
SOGA’s vision is to significantly expand the benefits for local people and companies from new oil and gas development in East Africa by improving the local availability of required skills, goods and services.
SOGA has said aims to increase jobs in the oil and gas industry by 32,000 35 percent of which will be women and 40 percent youth as well as raise the incomes of 240000 by 10 percent.
SOGA’s strategy and activities work through delivering support Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions by improving the quality of their training and ensuring relevance the demands of the oil and gas sector.