The Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme (TGSS), administered by the British Council on behalf of Tullow, is aimed at bridging the skills gaps in the oil and gas sector within the countries in which Tullow operates.
The Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme (TGSS), administered by the British Council on behalf of Tullow, is aimed at bridging the skills gaps in the oil and gas sector within the countries in which Tullow operates. The scheme sponsors students to take postgraduate degrees in subjects related to the oil and gas sector including Law, Engineering and Environmental sciences in leading universities in the UK, Ireland and France.
This year’s intake of scholars from Ghana (40), Kenya (20), Uganda (4), Mauritania (2), Ivory Coast (2), Ethiopia (1), Guyana (1) and Uruguay (1) has brought the total number of beneficiaries to 415 since its inception in 2011.
In Ghana, the scheme has been expanded to cover pre-tertiary technical education this year. This is aimed at ensuring development of intermediary technical skills. Ten Ghanaians of the Western region have been enrolled at the Jubilee Technical Training Centre (JTTC) in Takoradi to pilot this new programme.
An event was held in Ghana to mark this year’s enrolments and in a speech delivered on behalf of the Honourable Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, the Minister for Petroleum in Ghana, Tullow was commended for broadening the scope of the scheme to include the development of intermediary technical skills, which is an immediate need of industry.
Also speaking at the event, Harry Kwaku Agyemang, a TGSS scholar, commended the transparent selection process:
“I heard of the Tullow scholarship through a friend in my village in the Bia district. Though I knew nobody, with determination and hardwork, I have been awarded a scholarship. Many thanks to Tullow and the British Council for giving me this opportunity.”
Ceremonies were also held in Uganda and Kenya. In Uganda, Jimmy Mugerwa, Tullow Uganda General Manager, also congratulated the successful Ugandan candidates for making it to the final stage and wished them success in their studies.
“I know that you have gone through a rigorous selection process to get here and I’m pleased that you are the successful candidates. Congratulations,” he said.
Tullow has invested over $20m in the scheme to date, allowing the Group to address the need for skilled professionals for the oil and gas industry and to build national capacity in its countries of operation.