By Yunus Yusuf
The programme is designed to help young graduate engineers upscale their skills in readiness for employment in the energy sector.
The spokesperson of Shell Nigeria, Mr Bamidele Odugbesan, in a statement on Thursday, said the four-year old internship programme would run in collaboration with the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN).
The statement quoted SPDC’s Nigerian Content Manager, Mr Olanrewaju Olawuyi, as saying at the induction held in Port Harcourt that the programme was a critical intervention in bridging the manpower gap in the industry and enhancing local capacity.
“Out of the 140 graduates so far trained through the programme, 65 per cent are now gainfully employed in the oil and gas industry.
“I am excited at the successful feat of the candidates; I encourage the incoming interns to make the best use of this unique opportunity,’’ Olawuyi said.
The President, PETAN, Mr Bank Anthony Okoroafor also said the objectives of the programme was to give young graduates the opportunity to have one-year on-the-job training in their respective disciplines.
Okoroafor said this would enhance their employability, adding that the success of the Shell/PETAN internship scheme had gone beyond the shores of Nigeria.
According to the statement, one of the beneficiaries, Miss Queen Ochuba, said the internship was her first on-the-job training opportunity and it will also help boost her skills and experience in her discipline.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Shell/PETAN internship programme was conceived as part of a collaboration roadmap to support efforts at closing identified gaps in the availability of competent manpower in critical disciplines like geology and engineering, in the sector.
(Edited by Chioma Ugboma/Idonije Obakhedo)