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The TGSS forms a key part of Tullow’s overall approach to education and capacity building, and will support postgraduate degree, technical training and vocational studies. The scholarships aim to support local people to participate in the oil and gas industry, and in other sectors that promote economic diversification, with the aim to address both existing industry skills gaps and national capacity development requirements.

This year’s scheme, which is wholly administered by the British Council, attracted nearly 7,000 applicants and after a rigorous selection process, the scholars from Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Mauritania, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon and Ethiopia will begin their studies this month.

Students will be studying a range of subjects from Exploration Geophysics, Oil and Gas Management and Law and Environmental Science to Supply Chain Management and Hospitality & Tourism at top universities such as Robert Gordon University (UK), Coventry University (UK), Imperial College (UK), Université d’Angers (France) and University of Dijon (France).

Speaking today, Aidan Heavey, Chief Executive, said:

“The TGSS is about developing local talent for the oil and gas industry and other economic sectors in the developing countries in which we work. We started this scheme because it is right that companies like Tullow assist developing nations build the skills and expertise necessary to ensure successful and lasting economic development. Our commitment to these countries is for the long-term so it clearly also makes good business sense for Tullow to increase the pool of potential employees and help to develop these countries’ business and investment climates.

I’d like to congratulate the successful scholars, who have been selected from a huge number of applicants and wish them the very best of luck for their studies.”

The scheme will be extended to other countries of Tullow’s operations next year and is aligned with the company’s aims of supporting long-term socio-economic growth in countries where it operates.