Indigenous Manpower: PTDF trains 431 welders, instructors, specialists

PTDF26 June 2014, Lagos – The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) said it trained 431 persons under its Welder Training and Certification Programme (WTCP) to fill identified skills gap in the oil and gas industry.

The Fund made the disclosure in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja by its Media and External Relations Manager, Mr Kalu Otisi.

The statement quoted Otisi as saying 31 welding instructors and 400 welders were trained abroad by the Fund under the WTCP programme to address challenges of indigenous manpower shortage in the industry.

He added that “those trained were awarded certificates as internationally recognised welding practitioners, welding specialists and welding technologists.

“Twenty of the instructors were trained as welding practitioners and welding specialists in South Africa, while 11 were trained as welding technologists and engineers.’’

– Daily Independent

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