Total E&P Uganda this week unveiled the first group of the internationally certified oil and gas welders at Buhimba Technical Institute in Hoima.
This follows the successful completion of an intensive 3 months training course on 2G and 4G coded welding undertaken by the students and assessed to the American welding society standard.
The 50 welders form the first and second intakes of the students selected in 2018 and 2019 out of the pool of 600 applicants to take part in the inaugural welders training programme sponsored by Total.
They have been equipped with the highest level of oil and gas welding skills in line with the industry, quality, Health, Safety and Environment.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Pierre Jessua, the Total E&P Uganda general manager, said that the graduation was the culmination of several months of hard work and commitment by the students, trainers and the supervisors.
The training programme, he said, is aimed at giving an opportunity to young people from Albertine and pipeline districts to participate in the development of the oil and gas sector in Uganda.
“As sponsors of the programme, we are excited at the prospect of having internationally qualified homegrown craftsmen working on a project of this magnitude in the country,” Jessua said.
Jessua added that graduands have been equipped with internationally recognized skills and competencies that make them highly employable in the job market anywhere in Uganda and the world in any industry they choose to pursue their careers in.
He added that Total E&P Uganda is preparing to begin the next intake of 75 students who will undergo the same training later on in the year.
This welding programme is expected to equip 200 students with an international level of oil and gas welding skills.
The specialized training undertaken by The Assessment and Skilling Centre (TASC) with close monitoring from the German Development Agency (GIZ) involved technical classroom training as well as practical welding classes conducted at Buhimba Technical Institute in Hoima district for 2G welding and Lwengo Technical Institute in Lwengo for the 4G coded welding.
Samuel Kisembo Araali the chief guest who officiated the graduation ceremony on behalf the minister of energy and mineral development Irene Muloni commended Total E&P Uganda for the programme and the contribution it is making towards preparing Ugandans to take part in the oil and gas sector.