Siemens Oil & Gas Limited Ghana has launched an oil and gas sector training programme to help build local capacity in the sector.
The training programme, developed by Siemens Oil and Gas Equipment Ltd, in collaboration with its JV Partner Draper Oil and Gas, aims to offer training to selected individuals to enhance human capital in Ghana.
The nine-month training programme, which commenced in October, 2016, is in collaboration with the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) and the Petroleum Commission (PC), and is set to be completed by June 2017.
In all, 16 participants, including three current employees of Siemens Oil and Gas Ltd. with various specialties in engineering, were shortlisted from the over 300 applications received from across the country.
“We consider this investment in skills development and knowledge transfer of know-how from Siemens into Ghanaian local content development more than just corporate social responsibility. It is also a sustainable and viable investment into job creation and the strengthening of this critical sector of Ghana’s economy,” said Edmund Acheampong, CEO Siemens Oil and Gas Limited, Ghana.
“We firmly believe that sustainable business growth lies intrinsically in developing society. Beyond providing training for these young Ghanaian professionals, Siemens, in collaboration with its local partners in the Oil and Gas, it will offer additional employment to three outstanding participants in varied capacities after they complete,” added Acheampong.
Siemens, which is currently active in over 200 countries, has a 156-year track record in engineering excellence, innovation, quality and reliability in Africa.
In 2016, Siemens announced several investment projects outlined for Ghana’s energy sector through the provision of infrastructure, as well as genuine and sustainable social upliftment.
“Ghana is one of Siemens’ key markets and we want our people to know we are here to stay and contribute to the growth of the economy,” Acheampong added.
Sabine Dall’ Omo, Group CEO of Siemens, in an address, advised the trainees to work hard and ensure they come out of the training with the right skills to improve the country’s oil and gas industry.
In attendance was Alex Mould, CEO of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC).