MODEC Production Services Ghana JV Ltd has announced the successful completion of the first batch of trainees under the company’s overseas secondment training programme for Ghanaian employees with its sister company in Brazil.

MODEC Group is the company and operator of FPSO Kwame Nkrumah and FPSO Prof. John Evans Atta Mills on behalf of Tullow Ghana Limited (TGL).

The first batch of five participants who have completed 6-7 months of on-the-job training in Brazil were recently welcomed at a dinner reception hosted by Theophilus Ahwireng, Managing Director of MPSG, and attended by senior officials of the Petroleum Commission, MPSG board members among other dignitaries.

Welcoming the first batch of trainees who had successfully completed their training, Mr Ahwireng commended the participants on their dedication to the training goals.

He commented that a number of the trainees had been requested (by the Brazil office) to return for a further extension of the programme. This he said was a testament to the focus and hard work the trainees had put into their own development.

Mr Kwaku Boateng, Director for Localisation, Petroleum Commission who represented the Deputy CEO of Petroleum Commission at the event, extended compliments from the CEO, the Board and Management of the Petroleum Commission to MPSG and its stakeholders.

“You have by this training programme, demonstrated commitment to enhancing local content in Ghana. This is an excellent initiative which feeds into Government’s overarching agenda to develop the country’s human resource base for increased participation in the Oil and Gas industry”, Mr Boateng commented.

Kweku Awotwi

He noted that more of such initiatives were encouraged in the industry to develop the competencies of Ghanaians and urged MPSG to do even to develop local talent.

The MPSG-MdB Secondment Training programme was launched in January this year with the support of Tullow Ghana Limited (TGL) and the Petroleum Commission with the aim of developing the capabilities of bright local professionals with the right skillsets, through on-the-job training and best practice transfer at MODEC’s state of the art facilities in Brazil.

The first cohort of 15 participants were selected based on performance and across various onshore departments to participant in the 2019 training programme. 

Addressing the trainees, Kweku Awotwi, Executive Vice President, Tullow Plc/Managing Director TGL, expressed the hope that the training in Brazil had instilled stronger capabilities and improved skill sets that would guarantee continuity and sustainability of MODEC’s activities in Ghana for many years to come.

He also noted that Tullow was pleased with the partnership it had nurtured with MODEC over the years which had been mutually beneficial, as both companies had drawn on the experience of each other while promoting the shared philosophy of developing local capacity of Ghanaian technical professionals and indigenous companies.

The first batch of trainees took turns to share their experiences with the guests at the dinner and thanked MPSG and its partners for the unique training opportunity.

The second batch of trainees are being processed to commence their overseas secondment training in October this year.