Dorman Long Engineering Limited has trained some youths in engineering skills under the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board Human Capacity Development.
The youths were trained in welding techniques and health as well as safety and environment management.
In his opening remarks during the graduation and presentation of certificates to 83 beneficiaries of the second stream of the initiative, the Monitoring Supervisor, NCDMB, Adike Kopiam, explained that the NCDMB had a mandate to develop local capacity and position Nigerians to participate more effectively in the oil and gas industry.
He further stated that the support of responsible corporate organisations like Dorman Long had increased the success rate of the programme.
He added that there were currently about 20 training programmes being conducted across Nigeria as part of the efforts.
Kopian expressed gratitude to the sponsors of the training, Hyundai Heavy Industries and Chevron Nigeria Limited.
He commended Dorman Long specially for facilitating the training and dedicating three months to build Nigerian youths.
The General Manager Operations, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Prince Nwosa, explained that the HHI’s commitment to the training programmes was hinged on the significant value added to the trainees by the programme.
He reminded the beneficiaries that the course content was designed to increase their competitiveness as skilled manpower, advising them to continue to improve and expand their knowledge and skill sets as this would enhance their appeal to prospective employers.
The Chairman, Dorman Long, Dr. Timi Austen-Peters, expressed delight at the success of the programme and appreciated the commitment of other responsible businesses such as the NCDMB, Hyundai and Chevron Nigeria Limited without which the programme would not have been possible.
Stressing the importance of the HSEM training for the trainees, Austen-Peters shared the news that Dorman Long recently received a safety excellence award from Chevron Nigeria Limited.
He highlighted the importance of safety in all operations and commended the training team for completing three months of training without any incident.
He disclosed that Dorman Long would retain seven welders from the number graduating, and that others would be included in the company’s database so that if at any time in the future there were opportunities in the organisation, they could be invited.