Towards capacity building in local communities

Saipem has sponsored a 16-month training programme in Papua New Guinea for youth selected from the offshore pipeline project impact area. Forty people (20 from Kido and 20 from the Omati) started training in mid-June 2011.

The training programme, which is being run in Port Moresby with the support of the Department of Works (DOW), aims to provide students with basic trade skills in air conditioning and refrigeration, metal fabrication, carpentry and joinery, or plumbing. This will enable them to contribute towards the future development of their communities and will also leave them with better employment prospects once Saipem leaves the area upon successful completion of the EPC 2 part of the PNG LNG Project. To be included in the programme, in mid-2011 candidates underwent assessment, including a written competency test and a medical check-up. Forty people, 30 men and 10 women, were chosen. At the end of their 16-month training course, and presuming they have received the minimum pass mark in their final exams, the students will receive an official diploma for the trade they have studied. The training course is intensive and consists of 30% theory and 70% practical learning on the DOW campus, where the students reside permanently. On completion of the first phase of the programme, the students will move on to the second stage, which involves 4 months of on-the-job training. All candidates have been temporary placed in local companies where they will be able to boost their practical skills even further in a real workplace environment. With this vital experience under their belts, the students will return to the training facility to commence the last part of the syllabus and to cram for their final exams. The students will complete their studies in September 2012 and until that time Saipem will continue to work closely with both DOW and the students to ensure that everyone passes with flying colours.