Uganda’s Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) through its permanent Secretary Mr. Alex Kakooza has launched an association bringing together all individuals, academic training institutions and the training service providers in the Oil and Gas sector from the Government and private sectors.
The Ministry of Education and Sports is undertaking the Uganda Skills Development Project and the Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project under umbrellas of the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) Policy and the Skilling Uganda Strategy Plan which include the Oil and Gas sector.
‘One of the interventions under the Albertine project is the scholarship program targeting six hundred (600) beneficiaries from the oil and gas districts who will train in the various government and private entities,’ Mr. Kakooza noted. ‘International certification and accreditation improve the competitiveness of talent on the job market beyond the borders of the country,’ he added.
Robert Kasande, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) added that, “It is also paramount for institutions to emphasize transferable skills because oil is a finite resource. Therefore, people should be able to apply the skills acquired in the oil and gas sector in other spheres of life.’
Meet the committee
The newly elected Executive Committee members of the Oil and Gas Trainers Association of Uganda are:
- Chairperson: Bernard Ongodia, the Principal of Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba (UPIK)
- Vice Chairperson: Patrick Mbonye, Managing Director, The Assessment and Skilling Center (TASC)/ Q-Sourcing Servtec Group
- Secretary-General: Juliet Kakoma, Strategic Human Resource Expert, Solid Rock Life and Busines
- Publicity: Joseph Kanyesigye, Training Coordinator Sun maker Oil and Gas Training Institute
- Treasurer: Patrick Ruharuza, CEO Institute of Petroleum Studies Kampala (IPSK)
Mr. Kasande applauded the various trainers for training two thousand (2,000) technicians and urged all the training institutions to register their trainees on the National Oil and Gas Talent Register (NOGTR) for the Government to take stock of the talent available and provide visibility of the talent to the potential employers.
Congratulations to the Q-Sourcing Servtec group CEO Mr. Patrick Mbonye, our very own TASC is well represented and aspiring technical and vocational artisans are surely in great hands.