Training to Provide Jobs in the Future
Anadarko and the Area 1 participants are committed to the recruitment and career development of Mozambican citizens for all phases of the LNG park development. As the project continues to advance, so does the need for qualified and trained individuals to assist in construction of the LNG plant and associated facilities. In March 2013, a training center was established on the Afungi peninsula in Palma district, Cabo Delgado – the location of the future LNG park. The training center provides work readiness and skills training for local community members as part of its “Live Well, Work Well” program. The program serves as an introduction to the “world of work” and the “world of business.”
The training modules emphasize safety as the top priority. Other training topics include functional literacy, life skills, personal money management, awareness of project-related employment and local enterprise opportunities and personal and occupational health.
As of the end of 2014, nearly 1,100 community members have participated in the training program, 40 percent of which are women. The training center recently added an alumni refresher program to serve graduates who are listed on a labor database utilized by the project and its contractors to fill open positions. More than 400 program graduates have been employed on the project thus far.
Training Future LNG Plant Operators
Since March 2013, Anadarko has employed more than a dozen young Mozambican engineers and technicians to undergo an extensive, custom training program developed to prepare them for future leadership roles. Training topics have included all aspects of health and safety, gathering and liquefying natural gas, plant operations, project management, leadership and English language skills. The trainees have learned about LNG and the oil and natural gas industry in its entirety, spending significant time in the United States at Anadarko’s headquarters. Additionally, they visited deepwater platforms in the Gulf of Mexico where they had the opportunity to work alongside experienced industry mentors. In addition, they underwent training in Louisiana, attended technical conferences across the United States, and during 2015, the engineers continued studying the technical aspects of process operations at Cape Breton University in North Eastern Canada.
These trainees come from a variety of backgrounds, including electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering, have worked in different industries, such as mining, aviation and manufacturing, and represent different provinces including Sofala, Inhambane, Manica and Cabo Delgado.
The training program will support the safe and efficient start-up, operation and maintenance of the future LNG facility while simultaneously promoting, developing and sustaining national content.
Building Supplier Awareness & Capacity
Anadarko and the Area 1 participants are currently implementing a Supplier Development Program (SDP) to ensure Mozambican companies have access to business opportunities generated by the project. Supplier awareness events across Mozambique bring together local suppliers, business associations, government institutions and non-government organizations, banking institutions and company representatives to raise awareness and promote national participation in project-related business opportunities in targeted sectors. At the same time, the events serve as a platform to communicate the contractual standards and requirements for doing business with the Project.
As a result of these engagements, nearly 1,000 Mozambican companies have registered on our supplier database, a central repository of Mozambique-registered and vetted suppliers in civil engineering, construction, warehousing, catering and transportation sectors.
Building SME Capacity through Partnership
Many Mozambican small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) would like to access project-related business opportunities but do not have sufficient experience in providing services to large development projects. The SDP builds SME capacity and enables these enterprises to respond to the project’s procurement needs.
During 2014, the SDP formed a partnership with the Cabo Delgado Provincial Institute for Promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises (IPEME) Entrepreneurship Centre, COrE. Through the IPEME-COrE partnership, the SDP has delivered training in business planning, invoicing, software management systems, principles of accounting, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) and procurement and contracts, enhancing SME capacity to unlock potential business opportunities.
Anadarko also recently sponsored a National Content Seminar, hosted by the National Petroleum Institute (INP) in Maputo. More than 120 national and international representatives attended the seminar, including representatives of the Ministries of Energy, Planning and Development, and Labor, as well as industry representatives from other petroleum producing nations.