Chevron Nigeria Limited and Lonadek Inc. will be training twelve engineers in oil and gas drilling and completions for a period of six months. The training seeks to close the gap between expatriates and local competency while stimulating drilling and completion talents as alumni of top Nigerian universities.
The training is tagged, ‘’The Human Capital Development Initiative (HCDI) in Drilling and Completions’’. It is an incorporated project for drilling and completions talents with five to eight years’ experience currently employed and engaged in the Nigerian oil and gas industry and associated industries.
At the induction, Principal Consultant, Lonadek, Dr. Ibilola Amao, said the trainees would be upskilled in the area of well and drilling services such that they would be able to take on jobs that would otherwise have gone to expatriates.
Dr Amao said the firm, in collaboration with various stakeholders in the oil and gas sector, developed an internationally-acceptable curriculum for the programme.
Her words: “This workshop gives professionals the opportunity to go online and identify role models, mentors, and coaches, who are Nigerians, local and in Diaspora that will support them throughout the six months programme and the five-year certification programme.
“The programme would also bridge the gap between industry and academia, as it seeks to strike top-notch centers of excellence to upgrade designing curriculums and industry interventions to improve the quality of graduates.”
“It would also up skill lecturers to provide improved lectures, laboratories, courses, and research development and facilitate meaningful durations of equipment sort as materials by higher learning institutions.”
In her remarks, General Manager, Nigeria Content Development Chevron Nigeria, Ms. Anike Odunlami, said the initiative was basically to develop and train drilling and completions professionals to become world-class professionals in well planning and design, management of well operations, and project management.
“This initiative is actually in compliance with the requirements of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Content Development Act, which was passed into law in 2010 and reflects Chevron Nigeria’s commitment to Nigeria content development.
“Chevron in partnership with the Nigerian Content and Human Capital Development (NCHCD) division of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) have continued to train and equip Nigerians to deliver value in the oil and gas industry through exposure to executive and management training, and professional skills training during project executions.”