Five Ghanaians will train as welders all the way in Canada as part of the Petroleum Commission’s plans to raise a number of internationally-acclaimed and certified welders.
YEN.com.gh has picked a report by Prime News of the intentions of Ghana’s Petroleum Commission (PC) to send to Canada, five Ghanaians who will be taught welding.
The plan is part of an arrangement with Baker Hughes/GE to train some Ghanaians to become internationally-accredited and certified specialised welders to enable them serve in the oil and gas sector.
The training programme will last for one year and it is estimated at a cost of $250,000 or about GHC 1.3 million.
Reportedly, the training is part of efforts to support the Accelerated Oil and Gas Capacity (AOGC) programme.
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The programme is aimed at building the capacity of the Ghanaian youth by equipping them with the relevant skills required for the upstream petroleum industry.
The trainees are expected to undergo a course in stainless steel welding, at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Canada which would equip the beneficiaries on their return, to be able to train many more Ghanaians to support the oil industry.
The students for the programme were drawn from the Regional Maritime University, Takoradi Technical Institute, Kikam Technical Institute and the Jubilee Technical Institute.
They were selected based on their academic track record, recommendations from the institutions as well as interviews conducted by representatives from the Localisation, Local Content and AOGC Departments at the PC.
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They would benefit from a package, that caters for their tuition, visa, accommodation and transportation.
The agreement was in response to a request made by Egbert Faibille Jnr Chief Executive Officer of the Petroleum Commission, for Baker Hughes to support Ghana’s local content development efforts and the AOGCP when a delegation from the company paid a courtesy call on the Commission in September 2018.
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