26 May 2015
For the first time, the Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme (TGSS) has funded 10 technical and vocational training scholarships for Ghanaian students in the Western Region.
The TGSS is a key part of Tullow’s overall approach to education and capacity building, which supports nationals in our countries of operation to participate in the Oil & Gas industry. The scheme is wholly managed by the British Council to ensure transparency and fairness.
The applicants went through a vigorous assessment and had to demonstrate their suitability for one of the courses to the British Council. The courses are certified to UK National Vocational Qualification level 2. This year the courses on offer included Process engineering, Mechanical engineering, Electrical engineering and Instrumentation.
I was seeking a job when a friend told me of the opportunity offered by Tullow. I’m now doing Process Engineering and when I am finished I want to contribute my quota to the development of Ghana from the wide industry opportunity being offered by the course. It is a good thing Tullow is doing, so don’t stop!
Stephen Papa Kow Otoo, 24 from Shama
The students will study at the Jubilee Technical Training Centre (JTTC) in Takoradi, a centre created and funded by the joint venture partners. The centre provides internationally accredited vocational courses by TTE, the globally recognised Technical Training Group.
Currently, the JTTC is the only internationally accredited training centre in Ghana. Over time, Tullow hopes to fund more vocational and academic scholarships at a more diverse range of institutions across Ghana, as local institutions reach accepted international standards. These awards aim to help increase the number of people with expertise in oil and gas, the wider supply chain and other sectors in the countries where Tullow operates.
I studied for my Higher National Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Cape Coast Polytechnic and then was a Teaching Assistant there, but Takoradi is home to me. I’m continuing to develop my Electrical Engineering skills and I will be full of joy to help my people in the area of electrical support after the course. I like that there are practical opportunities in the course, not just theory, which will help fill the oil industry with great talent.
Abednego Timothy Quansah, 28 from Takoradi