PTDF PARTNERS REFINERIES TO CREATE JOBS FOR ITS TRAINED WELDERS
Seventy Five (75) beneficiaries of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Welders Training and Certification Programme (WTCP) have commenced a Six month Post training attachment at the Kaduna and Warri refineries under a partnership scheme with the four (4) major refining and petrochemical companies to facilitate on-the-job experience for PTDF trained welders.
The Petroleum Technology Development Fund has trained more than One thousand (1,000) Nigerians at different levels of welding with International Institute of Welding Certification. These include Manual Metal Arc welding covering Fillet, Plate and Pipe welds and the Advanced and Specialized welding processes.
The post training attachment will expose the skills and competencies of the participants to the industry, provide opportunity for them to practice their vocations in an industry environment and enhance their employability and absorption by the industry. This is because welding and fabrication constitute 80% of the activities in the Oil and Gas industry and the Federal Government local content drive aims at complete domiciliation of welding and fabrication activities in the industry.
Speaking at the handover of the batch of 50 PTDF trained welders attached to the Warri refinery under the Scheme, the Executive Secretary, PTDF, Dr Bello Aliyu Gusau said that the Post training attachment programme will develop the proficiency of the trainees in industrial welding and open up opportunities for their engagement in the industry: “This is an opportunity for our trained vocational skills graduates to receive on the job practical training for six months, and by such exposure, it is our expectation that the industry will appreciate the value that they will create and add to their operations, and if they do well, it will also be an avenue for them to be absorbed by the industry”
The Executive Secretary who was represented by the Head, Gas Division, Nigerian Content and Industry Collaboration Department, PTDF, Mr Peter Egheneji said that a lot of opportunities exist in the mid and downstream segments of the oil and gas sector in on-going and future projects in the industry. The post training attachment scheme will create the platform for industry operators to share with PTDF some of these opportunities in order to train and attach local capacity that meet the requirements for placement on the jobs.
The beneficiaries were received at the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company by the Executive Director, Personnel and Career development, Mrs Musa Ariyo at the refinery complex, who briefed them on the rules, regulations guiding their stay in the company.
Another official of the refinery, Mr Mbano also explained the organizations code of conduct, clothing ethics and other rules and procedure governing their engagement and urged them to avoid high risk areas in the refinery plant.
The first batch of 25 PTDF trained welders are attached to the Kaduna Refinery under the post training attachment scheme. The placement of PTDF trained welders to Refineries on attachment is in furtherance to the implementation of a new strategic direction unfolded by the Executive Secretary, Dr Bello Aliyu Gusau part of which aims at increased interface with the oil and gas industry.
The Fund had in the past maintained minimal interface with international, national and local oil companies leading to absence of effective and sustained co-operation, collaboration and partnership with the industry in its capacity building programmes.
“PTDF is marginally connected to the oil and gas industry players. There is an obvious lack of organic relationship between PTDF and the industry because we have not created the necessary linkages with other players. There is therefore need for us to reassert our relevance in the oil and gas industry by engaging in a very practical manner with the industry. PTDF has to move near the centre stage of the oil and gas industry by becoming increasingly involved”.
According to the Strategic Plan of Action, creating linkages with the Nigerian and global oil and gas industry by PTDF will lead to more strategic collaborations with oil and gas industry players (IOCs, NOCs, Service companies); Develop partnership on gas training and skills development centers, enable the Fund to harness other partnership opportunities with global multi-lateral institutions with the ultimate objective of establishing bilateral relations with oil and gas bodies across the globe.
Other areas of collaboration and partnership between the Fund and the oil and gas industry as contained in the strategy document include:
- Collaboration in the training attachment of PTDF trainees with IOCs/NOCs and other global institutions.
- Formation of joint research groups with IOCs/ LOCs towards solving specific industry problems.
- Interfacing with the oil and gas sector to identify their critical needs which will form the basis for selection of candidates for award of MSc and PhD scholarships and PTDF Annual Oil and Gas Research Grants.
- Establishment of alumni research clusters with the aim of using PTDF ex-scholars and experts working together from interconnected universities, companies, firms in related industries and associated institutions in order to provide multi-disciplinary solutions to complex industry problems.
Kalu Otisi Esq
Head, Press and External Relations