Getting back up to speed: Re-building a global oil and gas workforce in the lower for longer oil price
Over the past two years, 100,000’s of jobs across the global oil and gas workforce have been cut. And now as the oil price starts to stabilise, and we look ahead to the next 5, 10, 20 years we are faced with a major challenge: namely, how to replace and grow our skilled local workforce to meet the demands of an evolving industry, and the accelerating development of a number of key projects.
Smartly designed education and training programmes and accelerated learning in the short term, and strategic investments in education aligned with establishing local partnerships for the long term will be key to success.
Led by senior level industry representatives, this high level panel will present strategic perspective and recommendations for meeting future global workforce demand.
Harry Elsinga, VP HR, GE Oil & Gas
Lisa Ali, VP - HR - Upstream Talent & Learning, BP
Oliver Quinn, Director - Africa and Global New Ventures, Ophir
DEVELOPING LOCAL PROJECT SOLUTIONS
Maximising the contribution of local companies in the project supply chain
Maximising the contribution of local companies in the project supply chain is an effective method of increasing the economic and social benefits from oil and gas investments. While employing local companies and suppliers forms a crucial part of local content requisites, the capacity within the local supply chain, especially in emerging markets, to engage in large scale, technical projects often falls short.
Collaboration among large scale projects and across industries may present one solution to broadening investment into the local supply chain and maximising the contribution of local companies.
This session will focus on methods to build the capacity of the local supply chain, and increase their engagement in project opportunities. Specifically:
- Developing supplier databases to map local supply chain capabilities – managed by governments and private sector associations in country
- Information sharing between IOCs, contractors and local enterprises
- Improving skills, experience and management systems to raise the capacity of local enterprises to engage in large scale projects
- Standards and quality assurance of local companies
- Strategic investments into high potential sectors
- Case studies of best practice on supplier development programmes
- Clearly communicating opportunities to local companies
- Modifying procurement processes of international operators and contractors to support local companies
Ian McIntosh, Technical Advisor, Ministry of Natural Resources, Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq
Will Pollen, Programme Director, Invest in Africa
Ana Maria Esteves, Director, Community Insights Group
WEST AFRICA WORKSHOPS
Achieving a competent and highly skilled local workforce and supply chain for projects in the MSGBC basin
The MSGBC basin presents an exciting frontier market in West Africa, and with it a massive need to up-skill and train the local workforce and supply chain to maximise the economic benefit from projects.
Quantifying the skills and manpower required across professional and technical disciplines, determining timescales and knowing where these skills will be needed is an important first step.
And a high level of coordination among the governments, IOCs, contractors, education institutions, and their existing and new international partners will be crucial to achieving a local solution to the huge opportunities presented by the projects across the basin.
Specifically, this solution focused workshop will discuss:
- Building the capacity of local universities and colleges to develop local skills in business, engineering, geoscience and across the technical and vocational workforce
- How to ensure the workforce is field-ready, including the development of soft skills, and access to field and practical experience
- Developing English language skills for a safe and competent workforce
- Best practice for local enterprise development programmes to maximise the wider economic benefit from oil/gas projects
- Developing research capacity within local education institutions
Opportunities for international education and training partners to contribute to the localisation agenda of nations in the MSGBC basin.
H.E. Mohamed Abdel Ould Vetah, Minister of Petroleum, Energy & Mining, Islamic Republic of Mauritania
Mamadou Faye, Managing Director, Petrosen
Ben Clube, Executive Director & COO, FAR Ltd.
Emma Delaney, CEO Senegal & Mauritania, BP
Julio Balde, Secretary General, AGC
Rogers Beall, Chairman, Africa Fortesa Corp
Networking break in the Learning Arena
Continued – Maximising the contribution of local companies in the project supply chain
Continued – Achieving a competent and highly skilled local workforce and supply chain for projects in the MSGBC basin
Networking Lunch in the Learning Arena
Ensuring sustainability & success: The role of international partners in creating a local solution
International universities, colleges and training institutions play a crucial role in building the capacity of national education and training systems and developing local ownership that ultimately provides a local solution to the skills demands of oil and gas projects.
International operators, service and EPC companies, governments and development partners have an equally important role to play in facilitating and funding these partnerships, and offering their expertise to better align education and training programmes to the needs of industry and the employment market.
Key ingredients of these partnerships are train the trainer programmes, quality assurance processes, curriculum development, technology transfer and learning technologies (especially for technical and vocational skills) and access to field experience and knowledge.
Specifically, this workshop will discuss:
- Improving access to information on partnership opportunities and the application process
- How to ensure the sustainability and success of international partnerships by establishing knowledge transfer and local ownership
- Success factors for international partnerships
- What governments and industry and local education institutions look for in an international education and training partner?
- How to optimise international partnerships for business and local workforce outcomes
- The role of international partnerships in an evolving oil and gas industry
Andrew Hogg, Director Education, Total
Susan Sproule, Director Caribbean & Anglophone Africa, Colleges & Institutes Canada
Building a highly skilled technical and vocational workforce in Ghana and Namibia
Ghana and Namibia, although at different stages of their oil/gas development and production, both have a significant need to invest in their technical and vocational workforce, forming a major focus for government and their international operators.
In Ghana, one of the major challenges facing TVET colleges is being able to offer practical training, and forming a close alignment with industry to enable responsiveness to evolving workforce demands and technologies.
The Field Ready programme at the Takoradi Polytechnic is offering a solution to both such challenges.
In Namibia, key priority areas have been identified by the Namibia Training Authority for improving and extending vocational and technical training provision, including train the trainer programmes, increasing the number of specialist providers, supporting entrepreneurship, increasing technical exposure and advocacy for TVET careers.
The aims of this practical workshop are:
- To identify opportunities for international education and training providers to support technical and vocational skills development in Ghana and Namibia
- Determine solutions to strengthen practical training and field experience
- To define a common language in terms of standards and industry expectations
- Identify solutions to achieving a closer alignment with industry on TVET curriculums and programmes
Kofi Kudua Sarpong, CEO, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC)
Markye Krohne, Executive: Human Capital & Strategic Development, NAMCOR
Nillian Mulemi, CEO, PETROFUND
John Austin, Former Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, OMV