Ghana is to hold the first ‘Oil and Gas Career Fair 2013’, scheduled for February 21and 22, 2013 in Accra.
The event that was endorsed by the Ministry of Energy and would be hosted by Ghana Oil Club in partnership with Business World and Hired Capital, is aimed at addressing the challenges associated with the introduction of new workers into the sector.
A statement signed by Mr George Aboah, Business Development Director, Business World Ghana, a private company, copied to the Ghana News Agency, in Accra on Tuesday, said the rationale behind the fair was to address one of the biggest challenges of local content in Ghana, which included the lack of knowledge as to the requisite skills needed to gain employment in the oil industry.
It said the event would also address the realities of employment in the sector, as well as providing a platform for exploration and service companies to demonstrate the opportunities that may exist within their various entities.
Speaking on the upcoming event, Ms Marcia Ashong, Board Member of the Ghana Oil Club, said “the event would bring together exploration, production and service companies as well as training institutions to share knowledge on their local employment initiatives and skills development plans as well as practically addressing the kind of skills that were required along the oil and gas value chain.”
Mr Kofi Mangesi, Chief Executive Officer of Business World Ghana, said “with the discovery and production of oil in Ghana, there is the need to educate the Ghanaian youth on what career prospects existed in the sector in order to effectively manage expectations of the public at large.”
Leading international and local Oil and Gas companies as well as training institutions, which had signed up to be part of the fair, include four United Kingdom-based universities: Robert Gordon University, Dundee University, Aberdeen University and Cranfield University.
The lead operator of the Jubilee field, Tullow Oil, is the lead sponsor of the fair, with several other companies, including GE Oil and Gas, Ghana Gas Company and Expro Gulf Ltd, as co-sponsors.
Other exhibitors include: PFL, J-Prompt Professional Institute of Technology, Go Study Abroad and Sterling Projects.
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