A warm welcome at a frosty time of year is being extended to 73 ExxonMobil trainees from Papua New Guinea (PNG) arriving on campus as part of a 12-month Advanced Skills Training Program led by LearnCorp International (LCI). Engagement with LCI began 18 months ago with training held in Port Moresby, PNG and yesterday’s arrival marks phase two of the PNG LNG training program. The students, most in their mid-twenties, were selected from a competitive pool of almost eight thousand applicants and while here will receive customized training programs in four disciplines. Their training, with emphasis on LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), will include class time and hands-on training using the combined state-of-the-art energy industry labs and training facilities found on the Cape Breton University (CBU) and Nova Scotia Community College-Marconi (NSCC) campuses.
“Our 10 year relationship with ExxonMobil continues to thrive and this recent project is another example of a focused and productive partnership. This is LCI’s largest training program to date and builds upon our reputation of delivering world-class training programs for the oil and gas sector. While a terrific opportunity for LCI, this project also poses a significant opportunity for Papua New Guinea’s economic future and we are pleased to be part of that evolution,” says Ross McCurdy, President, LearnCorp International.
A very full 10-day orientation calendar begins immediately with classes to follow. The group will be introduced to instructors, class and lab locations, campus services in both locations and will become acquainted with the local community. In addition to attaining learning goals, for some of the group this experience marks many firsts –the first time on an airplane, seeing snow or going to a movie theatre. Students will live in residence for the duration of their studies giving them full access to all facets of campus life.
“We are extremely proud of these capable hard working young men and women who have made a commitment to their future and those of their home communities through this training opportunity. The group is extremely excited to experience Canadian culture, to have access to top quality lab facilities and to learn in a nurturing educational environment,” says Patti McNulty, Training and National Workforce Development Manager, ExxonMobil.
The graduates of this program will move forward to commence Facility Specific Training at PNG LNG facilities upon their return home next year. They will form an important part of the national work force in Papua New Guinea for the largest new build energy infrastructure in the world that is currently under construction for ExxonMobil.
“This milestone is another step in the ExxonMobil LearnCorp relationship and we will be moving forward with a second cohort of students who will receive LCI customized training in PNG and then travel to be with us in January 2013. This contract speaks to LCI’s standards of excellence and the skills and facilities of CBU and NSCC being recognized by a leader in the oil and gas sector,” notes LCI Board Chair, John Harker.
Information about the PNG LNG Project can be found at www.pnglng.com.