The new TOTALTEC academy will today commence its Oilfield Operator Training Programme with a first cohort of 24 young Guyanese.
TOTALTEC is one of the investors in the Guyana Shore Base Inc., which has been contracted by ExxonMobil Guyana to provide shore base services. TOTALTEC in January 2018 signed a five-year contract with a UK company, Aberdeen-based First Competence Ltd to develop and deliver world class training at its Academy.
According to Chairman and CEO of TOTALTEC, Lars Mangal, the TOTALTEC academy will become a spring board for Guyanese to launch their careers in the oil and gas industry. He said the OTP programme will be run by two dedicated highly experienced international instructors with over 40 years of experience in the industry between them. From basic safety to specific environmental practices and technical training on specialized lifting operations, rigging and slinging and forklift driving will be included in the programme.
“TOTALTEC has invested heavily on ensuring a comprehensive programme of training will be administered by a highly qualified team of internationally accredited instructors. The recruits for the OTP programme are vetted for their suitability and character to ensure that they are going to be given the best prospects for developing successful careers in the oil and gas industry,” Mr. Mangal stated.
He said the TOTALTEC Academy OTP offers international companies establishing in Guyana an opportunity to target an early reduction of their dependence on international and CARICOM expatriate workers, “something which will only contribute positively towards benefitting Guyanese and the local economy in a more sustainable way.”
Mr. Mangal explained his vision to have Guyanese instructors eventually developed to administer training at the Academy. “Training for Guyanese delivered by Guyanese to world class standards,” he said.