Three generations of welders | Improving skills in Ghana

At Takoradi Technical Institute right now, a dozen welding teachers have taken over one of the workshops normally used by their students. They’ve spent the past three weeks sweltering in protective gear as they brush up their technical skills in a refresher course organised by WRCF, and sponsored by the World Bank/Ministry of Energy’s Oil and Gas Capacity Building Project. Among the teacher-turned students are three generations of welding instructors from Kumasi, Takoradi, and Kikam, all brought together now to try and update their skills for the next generation. MARCUS Marcus Abaidoo is the first one to arrive at the...


Instructors go back to school to improve local content for oil and gas

Ministry of Energy’s Oil and Gas Capacity Building Project improves capacity of local welding trainers with the Western Region Coastal Foundation and Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Kikam, W/R. Friday 3 March 2017 - Nine instructors from three local technical institutes and three Ghana Gas employees have today graduated from a welding course using state of the art equipment provided by the World Bank. The intent is that with this training, instructors will be better equipped to prepare their students for employment in the region’s burgeoning oil, gas, and allied industries. The three-week training programme was funded by the Ministry of Petroleum’s Oil...


We have to close the 'manpower gap'

What any number of Ghanaians could tell you is that there is a great disconnect between academia and industry; in terms of what products the schools are churning out and the manpower needs of industry, especially in the burgeoning extractive sub-sectors of oil and gas, and it is critical to elevate the issue to the forefront of the political discussion this election year to find ways to address this fundamental and growing problem. The issue of education was on the front burner during the last election year; some water has passed under the bridge since then with some effort made...


Developing National Standards for TVET in Oil and Gas

The Western Region Coastal Foundation (WRCF) organised a multi-stakeholder meeting, early May, to help determine the inputs and needs of Ghana”™s oil, gas and power hub, and to create common agreement on standards and how they can best be used to drive growth in the industry. To say the nascent oil and gas industry is disrupting the local economy of the country”™s Western Region is to state the obvious. However, high expectations that the industry will bring positive economic, social and environmental impacts, especially among residents of the six host coastal districts, is not certain, given the high skills-set required...