Oil and Gas Trainers forms new association in Uganda
Oil and Gas Trainers forms new association in Uganda. File Photo

The newly launched association for oil and gas in Uganda will focus on bringing both individuals and academic training institutions together

The newly launched association in Uganda will focus on bringing together all individuals, academic training institutions and the training service providers in the oil and gas sector from the government and private sector. 

In the lunch, by Alex Kakooza, the permanent secretary (PS) to the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES), he noted that there is a strong need for Government and private sectors players to try and strengthen inter-linkages with other sector skills councils to bridge the training gaps. 

He said the minister of education and sport will be undertaking the Uganda skills Development project and the Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project under an Umbrellas of the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) policy and the strengthening of Ugandans skills strategy plan which includes Oil and Gas sectors.

“The Albertine project will carry on with one of the biggest interventions which will offer scholarship programs targeting six hundred (600) beneficiaries from oil and gas districts, this will, however, train various government and private entities,’ he noted.

He advised the association to vigorously market vocational training as a first and not last resort and to also encourage girls to apply for the programs.

‘International certification and accreditation improve the competitiveness of talent on the job market beyond the borders of the country,’ he noted.

Robert Kasande, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) said the formation of this association is timely and expected to guide purposive skilling in the Oil and Gas sector.

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He also said that this is very important for institutions to emphasize transferrable skills in the project because oil and gas is a limited resource.

Therefore it’s very vital if people to apply the skills acquired in the oil and gas sector in other spheres of life. 

Kasande acclaim trainers for having trained two thousand (2,000) technicians and urged all the training institutions to register their trainees on the National Oil and Gas Talent Register (NOGTR) for the government to take stock of the talent available and provide sizable talent to the employers.

 “The formation of the association comes after ten (10) skills development dialogues among various stakeholders. Ali Ssekatawa, the Director for Legal and Corporate Affairs at the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) who represented the Executive Director noted”

The dialogues were a platform to share experiences, successes and challenges among the various stakeholder offering training services in the sector.

‘The association will greatly contribute to ensuring that only competent training institutions offer training services in the oil and gas sector, and only internationally certified students are channelled out,’ he said, adding that the association can solicit for training support from government and development partners.

Oil and Gas Trainers forms new association in Uganda
Oil and Gas Trainers forms new association in Uganda. File Photo

The newly elected Executive Committee members of the Oil and Gas Trainers Association of Uganda are:

  • Chairperson: Bernard Ongodia, the Principal of Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba (UPIK).
  • Vice Chairperson: Patrick Mbonye, Managing Director, the Assessment and Skilling Center (TASC)/ Q-Sourcing Group.
  • Secretary-General: Juliet Kakoma, Strategic Human Resource Expert, Solid Rock Life and Busines.
  • Publicity: Joseph Kanyesigye, Training Coordinator Sun maker Oil and Gas Training Institute.
  • Treasurer: Patrick Ruharuza, CEO Institute of Petroleum Studies Kampala (IPSK)
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The member institutions of the association include UPIK, IPSK, Kiryandongo Technical Institute, Buhimba Technical Institute and St. Simon Peter Technical Institute.

Others include Kyambogo University, Makerere University, Sun maker Oil and Gas Training Institute, SEAOWL Energy Services, Safe Way Right Way, Nile Vocational Institute (NVI) Njeru, Bishop Mukasa Center Hoima district and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST).

In his remark Ongondia said, there is a need to ensure that trainees are suitably placed for on-job training in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders.

By George Piwang