Ministry of Education, Guyana

Thursday, 09 August 2018 15:29

GTI, LTI lecturers benefit from Introductory Oil and Gas workshop

The lecturers and instructors of the Government Technical Institute (GTI) and the Linden Technical Institute (LTI) are currently benefiting from a two-day workshop on oil and gas which began today. 

The event which is taking place at the GTI is being delivered by the Centre for Local Business Development (CLBD) and the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET).
Director (ag) of CTVET, Mr. Jerry Simpson expressed his elation that the initiative has been implemented for lecturers and instructors of post-secondary institutions which will provide persons with the understanding of oil and gas production offshore Guyana. news 20180809 2
He said that since 2015 when Exxon Mobil first announced publicly about oil finds offshore Guyana there has been a lot of talk about what is to happen. Mr. Simpson noted that Guyana still has a far way to go but believes engagements similar to the workshop will open the horizons about what is happening in oil and gas.
The workshop is an introductory course on Offshore Oil and Gas and Health, Safety, Security and Environment. It is being facilitated by Dr. Natasha Gaskin-Peters, Mr. Allan Lambert and Mr. Mark Roberts.
In her overview of the workshop, Dr. Gaskin-Peters said that today’s exercise is the third stop for training. She noted that training had begun in Linden during the month of July and on Tuesday, August 7th and Wednesday, August 8th, 2018, the team was in Berbice at the New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI). news 20180809 3
She added that in 2017, oil company Exxon Mobil had approached her company CLBD to conduct a baseline assessment of all TVET centres and institutes. Dr. Gaskin-Peters explained that seven institutions were studied during that assessment.
According to the facilitator, these workshops form the first part of capacity building particularly since Exxon Mobil has indicated that by 2025 it will be extracting 750,000 barrels of oil per day.
She said that this amount of oil will require five Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels. Dr. Gaskin-Peters indicated that TVET institutions will play a role in that process whereby they will supply technicians and fitters to work on those vessels.
The workshop comes to an end tomorrow after which the team will head to the Essequibo Technical Institute on August 14th and 15th to conduct the course. The final workshop will be held at the Guyana Industrial Training Centre (GITC) Woolford Avenue on August 23rd and 24th, 2018. news 20180809
The participating institutions across Guyana are Council for TVET, GTI, NATI, LTI, ETI, GITC, Upper Corentyne Industrial Training Centre, Leonora Technical and Vocational Training Centre, Mahaicony Technical and Vocational Training Centre, GuySuCo Training Centre – Port Mourant, Kuru Kuru Training Centre and the Carnegie School of Home Economics.
The objectives of the workshop are to enable the participants to (1) understand the process and importance of Offshore Oil and Gas production to Guyana and (2) implement strategies to upgrade the delivery of Health, Safety, Security and Environment units/competencies at their institutions.
At the end of the workshop the Lecturers and Instructors will be able to disseminate the knowledge they receive to their students and trainers.

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