The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) have organised a 10-day oil and gas training workshop for instructors from the Regional Maritime University, Takoradi Technical Institute and the Kikam Technical Institute.
It was aimed at building the capacity of participants in instructing students, using Competency-based Training (CBT) methods.
The CBT is a form of training being championed by the COTVET, which lays emphasis on practical methods and exposes trainees to standards and practices in industry.
The Project Manager of the Oil and Gas Capacity Building Project of the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Mr Samuel A. Afram, said some progress was being made in building the capacity of Ghanaians in the oil and gas sector.
Consequently, it became imperative for Ghana to quickly develop local capacity and capability in order to fully participate and support the oil and gas industry,” he said.
The Executive Director of the COTVET, Mr Sebastian Deh, said the council would support the three institutions to become centres of excellence, and challenged the participants to individually strive for professional excellence and act as change agents for Ghana’s economic development.
The Oil and Gas Capacity Building Project is a US$38m government initiative funded by the World Bank with the objective of improving management, regulation and the transparency in the industry.
The project also focuses on enhancing technical skills in the sector by supporting training institutions to provide engineering, technical and professional training for Ghanaian workers needed by the petroleum sector.