TotalEnergies to identify, train, recruit over 120 Ugandans for free online course for Tilenga Project

Mr Philippe Groueix, (R), General Manager TotalEnergies EP Uganda, together with Eric Olanya, (L), representing Uganda Petroleum Institute- Kigumba, sign a Memorandum of Understanding between TotalEnergies EP Uganda and Uganda Petroleum Institute-Kigumba, for training selected MOOC candidates as Ms Peninah Aheebwa, (Right, back) Director Technical Support Services, Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU), and Timothy Ssejjoba, (Left, back) Senior Education Officer at Ministry of Education and Sports look on. (Photo credit: PML Daily)

As part of its commitment to National Content Development in Uganda, TotalEnergies EP Uganda has today (Monday), January 10, launched a free online programme dubbed the Tilenga MOOC (Tilenga Massive Open Online Courses).

The programme is aimed at identifying, recruiting, training and developing 120 – 150 talented Ugandans to be able to participate in the country’s oil and gas sector.

Successful beneficiaries will be trained over the next four years to become production operators, maintenance and inspection technicians for the Tilenga project.

The training will be undertaken in partnership with the Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba (UPIK) of Kiryandongo district followed by international training exposure at a TotalEnergies producing site.

Scheduled to start today, the Tilenga MOOC will run for nine weeks with students having three weeks after the platform is launched in which to enroll for the course. Registration is open from today January 10, 2022 to January 31, 2022.

Speaking during the Tilenga MOOC launch event at the Kampala Serena Hotel, Mr Philippe Groueix, the General Manager, TotalEnergies EP Uganda, revealed that through the Tilenga Project, the company aims to enhance the competences and capacities of Ugandan companies, Ugandan citizens and registered entities in oil and gas activities to encourage local participation.

“As a truly Ugandan company, our national content strategy is aimed at maximising the use of Ugandan expertise, goods and services. The Tilenga MOOC is one of such initiatives that will enhance the skills and knowledge of young talented Ugandans interested in participating in the oil and gas sector,” Mr Groueix said.

He also revealed that the programme is part of TotalEnergies EP Uganda’s National Content Strategy and initiatives which will be highlighted in the truly Ugandan campaign that the company will launch soon.

The Tilenga MOOC is open to all Ugandans between the ages of 18 – 28 years with emphasis on people living within Tilenga Project areas.

An A ‘level (Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education) is the minimum education level requirement and participants should also have a valid email address.

While speaking at the launch, Ms Peninah Aheebwa, the Director Technical Support Services, Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU), said the programme fits within the overall national content strategy designed to promote the participation of Ugandans and Ugandan companies in the oil and gas sector.

“The Authority supports programmes that are designed to empower Ugandans to benefit from the opportunities in Uganda’s oil and gas sector by giving them the right knowledge and skillset. TotalEnergies’ skilling initiative is beneficial and all Ugandans who meet the criteria for this programme and are interested in being part of the transformation of Uganda’s oil and gas industry should embrace it.” Ms Aheebwa said.

Speaking on behalf of the Chairperson Governing Council, UPIK, Mr Eric Olanya said the institute’s partnership with TotalEnergies is concretised through “a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed today to facilitate the delivery of quality training to these future technicians that will work on the incredible project.  The project offers a unique value proposition in all aspects but more importantly, in the provision of specialised training and employment of our citizens,” she continued.

Benefits of undertaking the Tilenga MOOC

Mr Groueix said that participants will benefit from technical, scientific, and mathematical knowledge and those who will successfully complete the MOOC will receive a certificate of completion in addition to forming a pool of young Ugandans with potential to be selected for opportunities in the Tilenga project.

Besides career and skills benefits, participants will also receive intensive training on Health, Safety and Environment.

‘Due to the highly risky and technical nature of the industry, Health, Safety and Environment are priorities for TotalEnergies and key aspects of the Tilenga project. The safety of our employees, contractors and communities is of paramount importance to the company.’ he said.

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