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May 9, 2011

900 youth undergo skills training

Mr. Ebow Haizel-Furguson, the Director of Sigma-Base Technical Services (Ghana) Limited, an indigenous oil and gas service provider in Takoradi, says the Company has trained about 900 youth from the Western Region and its environs under the Sigma-Base Oil and Gas Skills Training Programme.


According to him, the beneficiaries were trained in welding, pipe fitting and fabrication in preparation towards the company’s Gas Commercialisation Project and added that they will receive further training in Environmental Awareness Programme in the Harvard Marine Petroleum Training Institute in June, this year.

 Mr. Haizel-Furguson disclosed this in Takoradi during the passing out ceremony for the youth, saying the programme aims to provide enhanced international certificate in the oil and gas industry for those who will pass through the institute.

 He added that the company also has plans to institute long term training and working conditions for its workers in the civil and construction works, metal fabrication, pipe fitting, welding, electrical, mechanical technicians and corrosion workers.

 Mr. Haizel-Furguson noted, “our contacts and research have shown that the oil industry will generate multi-billion dollars in the next 30 years and offer job opportunities for more than 5,000 workers at the initial stage,” and, therefore, urged government and the private sector to prepare the youth for the highly lucrative industry in order to raise the standard of living of Ghanaians.

 Source : ISD