TotalEnergies has launched a massive open online course – otherwise known as a MOOC – for Ugandans interested in working on its Tilenga project.
The French company is about to start operating its oil field in western Uganda. It has made a number of commitments regarding local content and the MOOC aims to prepare workers to participate.
The MOOC launched today, January 10, and will run until March 22. The course is open to Ugandans, aged 18-28. They can register for the MOOC Tilenga until January 31.
A statement from Total said the work would allow people to learn more about the oil and gas industry, about Tilegna and qualify for additional training.
Speaking at the launch of the MOOC, Total’s Managing Director in Uganda, Philippe Groueix, said the aim was to enable “as many Ugandans and companies as possible to participate in the oil and gas sector”.
The MOOC will have a dual purpose, he said. First, it will allow a number of people to learn about as many opportunities as possible. “Second, it will identify 120 to 150 talented Ugandans who will be further trained,” he said.
The training will take place over four years. Initially, this will be carried out with the Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba (UPIK), followed by on-site training at Total’s international assets.
make a mark
The course is open to all Ugandans, Groueix said, “with a focus on people living in the Tilenga area.”
In order to qualify for access, Ugandans will need an A level and a valid email address, the executive said. Applicants must have a “strong desire to learn and grow. Encourage your friends, family and neighbors to take advantage of this free learning and training opportunity. You will get an idea of what a future career path could be like.
The project employs 2,200 Ugandans, or about 94% of all staff. Total plans to increase this number to approximately 8,000 during construction.
Peninah Aheebwa, director of technical assistance services at the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU), said Total would employ 411 Ugandans in 2022. That level is around 63%, she said, noting that there there was room for improvement.
“We are very confident that with training these numbers will increase,” she said.
Updated Jan 12 to correct the number of available positions to 120-150.
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