The training benefited welders from Nwoya, Masindi, Nebbi, Buliisa and Hoima, as well as the districts along the pipeline route, which include Kakumiro, Kyankwanzi, Mubende, Gomba, Sembabule, Lwengo and Kyotera.
A batch of 50 certified welders for
the oil and gas sector have been passed out.
The training benefited welders from Nwoya, Masindi, Nebbi, Buliisa
and Hoima, as well as the districts along the pipeline route, which include
Kakumiro, Kyankwanzi, Mubende, Gomba, Sembabule, Lwengo and Kyotera.
It was undertaken by The Assessment and Skilling centre-TASC with close
monitoring from the German Development agency [GIZ]. It involved technical
classroom training as well as practical welding classes conducted at Buhimba
Technical Institute in Kikuube district and Lwengo Technical
The training comes amidst concerns that majority of the welders
existing in the market cannot match the skills required for projects like the
refinery and pipelines in Oil and gas.
Hoima Resident District Commissioner Samuel Kisembo who represented Irene Muloni,
the Energy and Mineral Development Minister on Tuesday, said skilling initiatives are
critical towards preparation and qualification of the required workforce to the
jobs and economic opportunities in the oil and gas sector in the country.
He says that there is need to equip more Ugandans with vocational
skills where they can be able to set up their own projects to curb down the
problem of unemployment.
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Pierre Jessua Total E&P General Manager says total
E$P is committed to playing critical role in the development of Uganda’s oil
and gas sector and ready to work with the joint venture partners and the
government to ensure that they undertake the Final Investment Decision on the
project as soon as possible as they work towards commercial production of
He says the training will help enhance the student's knowledge and skills in
order to meet the anticipated demands of the project and ensure adherence to
the highest standards of Quality Health, Safety and Environment.
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Betty Namubiru, the Manager National Content at the Petroleum
Authority of Uganda -PAU who represented the Executive Director Petroleum
Authority of Uganda Ernest Rubondo, says the oil and gas industry has earmarked
close to 160,000 jobs adding that 75 Percent of the available jobs will require
advanced technical skills.
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Dez Liz Habwahangirwe, one of the students who underwent the vast
welding training applauded Total E$P for supporting them throughout the
She tasked the government and oil companies to first consider them when there
are available opportunities in the Oil and Gas sector given the high level of
skills they have attained.