25 June 2014

Tanzania: Lindi, Mtwara Students to Gain From Oil, Gas Find

Dodoma — STUDENTS from Lindi and Mtwara are the beneficiaries of special vocational training programmes to be able to secure employment opportunities in oil and gas companies.

The Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals, Dr Charles Kitwanga said in Parliament on Tuesday that 248 Tanzanians from the two regions were pursuing studying programmes abroad in the oil and gas industry and related fields.

He was answering a question from Said Khalfan Barwany (Lindi Urban, CUF) who wanted to know how many youth from Lindi and Mtwara regions were attending vocational training courses.

The Deputy Minister said 55 students from Lindi and 50 from Mtwara were sponsored by the Ministry of Energy and Minerals to undertake vocational training programmes at the Vocational and Education Training Authority (VETA) centre at Mtwara. The ministry had sponsored 59 students from the two regions for vocational studies at the Mtwara centre.

The aim of the government is to build capacity of youth from Lindi and Mtwara region to participate in the natural gas economy, he said. The minister said oil exploration companies have invested in vocations needed in the natural gas sector.

British Gas Tanzania, he said, provides technical and financial support to a special project that aims at enhancing employability through vocational training in the region.

The project is implemented by Volunteer Services Organisation in collaboration with VETA. The former provides technical and capacity building support and the latter delivers vocational training.

He said the expected outcomes of the project include the raising of standards for craftsmanship skills in line with internationally recognized levels in eight key areas of Food Preparation, Plumbing, Welding, Carpentry, Motor Vehicle Mechanics, Electrical installation and Maintenance, Laboratory Assistant and English.

VETA Mtwara thus becomes a centre of excellence for providing vocational training in disciplines relevant to the oil and gas industry and other related services. Graduates will be employed by oil and gas companies and related industries after completion Dr Kebwe MS Ahmed of their training.

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