The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) says some National Oil Companies have started engaging the services of its trained welders for the implementation of their oil and gas service contracts.
PTDF in a statement by its Head, Press and Public Relations, Mr. Kalu Otisi on Tuesday in Abuja explained that the employment followed the exposure given to skills and competencies of the welders through the fund’s organised Post Training Attachment (PTA) programme, a practical on-the-job internship scheme that prepares beneficiaries for absorption into the industry.
The PTA programme is currently on-going in the major refineries of Port-Harcourt, Kaduna and Warri, the statement added.
According to Mr. Otisi, one of the trainees, Ibrahim Mohammed was employed by Dorman Long Engineering Limited, a leading oilfield equipment, marine structural engineering and fabrication company, while Gideon Uko, was engaged by Supertech Investment Limited, a contractor with the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC) that specializes in Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services.
Executive Director Operations, WRPC, Engr. Ariaga Azubuike Uzoma at the close-out ceremony of the second batch of the PTA scheme said that the welders have been of immense support and have added value to the operations of the refinery plant.
In the meantime, more PTDF trained welders are being exposed to the practical on-the-job experience in the industry with the expectation of future engagement by the industry.