Federal government has required private trainers in the oil and gas industry to design their programmes of courses to align with the national aspirations for building indigenous capacity for petroleum industry services.
Executive Secretary Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, charged the body of petroleum industry skills builders gathered under the auspices of Oil and Gas Trainers Association of Nigeria (OGTAN) to tailor their services towards closing capacity gaps in the domestic industry operations.
The Oracle Today reports that the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Law 2010 provides preferential consideration for indigenous goods and services on the condition that capacity for job delivery exists in-country.
Mr Wabote who is an eminent industry engineer told visiting leaders of OGTAN to categorize practitioners in the industry training services according to specialized fields with a view of emphasizing niche areas with high employment opportunities.
He challenged the new leadership of OGTAN led by the President, Chief Mazi Sam Azoka Onyechi, on meeting government’s precondition for making it mandatory for industry trainers to belong to the association.
He charged the group to conduct gap analysis on industry needs and come up with information on types of trainings with 60 percent assurance of jobs in the oil and gas industry.
He explained that NCDMB’s strategy for capacity building is hinged on the 60-20-20 principle, whereby 60 percent of training programmes and budget is dedicated to skills sets that guarantee employment in the oil industry; 20 percent for the improvement of the skills of persons already employed, and 20 percent to soft skills and other general areas.
The new President who led his team of executives to Yenegoa had stated that OGTAN was already working on categorization, certification, compliance, collaboration, competence, curriculum, and cost competitiveness.
“There are low hanging fruits that can mop up many unemployed Nigerians. They can acquire AP certifications and other relevant certifications and work anywhere in the world,” he told Mr Wabote.
He stated that OGTAN was seeking partnership with NCDMB to train Nigerians for opportunities that exist in the oil and gas industry which are not being harnessed, and also help Nigerian graduates and even non graduates acquire skills and international certifications that enable them work anywhere in this world.
“We intend to bring those opportunities to the limelight and emphasize that skill is a global currency. There are certain certifications, even short courses that one can take within one to three months and get certified internationally.”