|The Management Development and Productivity Institute (MDPI) will soon complete its training in the energy sector aim at equipping beneficiaries with skills for the oil and gas job market.
A release issued in Tamale and signed by Mr Philip Assibit Akpeena, Managing Consultant of MDPI said, the phase one of the training, which ended successfully, saw all the 7,020 beneficiaries schooled in the foundation modules, overview of the oil and gas industry and health safety and environment.
He said the beneficiaries also received training in entrepreneurship and career development and natural gas, which was aimed at repositioning in the oil and gas industry.
“After our initial scan of the job market, it became apparent that the support services sector has a high potential of creating many more jobs than the direct job market, and this is buttressed on our study of the UK oil and gas industry where about 500,000 jobs were created as in 2010 alone of which 450,000 are absorbed in the indirect job market”.
He said MDPI/Goodwill developed the entrepreneurship and career development module to train all the participants to develop strategic entrepreneurial skills to equip them to set up their own business enterprises.
Mr Akpeena said, “Our interaction with the newly formed Ghana Gas Company Limited (GGCL) also suggests that lots of jobs are going to be created along the value chain of natural gas, especially when we start utilizing the Jubilee gas and the Bonyere Gas processing plants, which are to be built”.
He explained that the natural gas model was developed to equip all the participants with the necessary skills to have a very good understanding of natural gas.
Mr Akpeena observed that the feedback that the MDPI received from the participants was overwhelming and that majority of the trainees had already developed interest in setting up their own enterprises to sell products and services in the industry.
He said the second phase organised participants into various specialised disciplines within the oil and gas industry that covered both the technical and non technical aspects of the industry.
According to him, each discipline took 20 credit hours of training to complete where local and international consultants to MDPI were tasked to develop modules that conform to international standards, while reflecting the legal framework, value chain and policy leads of the industry in Ghana.
He said the third phase of the training was designed to introduce the participants to practical hands on field based projects where they shall underpin theory with practice.
This, according to the statement, would be achieved through case studies, internships, attachments and field based projects with oil companies structured in two parts.
The structures included practical case study on the oil and gas value chain and regulatory environment and respective topics pertaining to participant’s areas of specialization.
The projects would be supervised by MDPI’s local and international consultants and the studies and works on the projects would be based on practical cases on players and regulators of the industry.
Mr Akpeena said beneficiaries would be awarded internationally accredited certificates that could earn industry related jobs in Ghana and abroad, especially in Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Africa and the Middle East.