In line with its commitment to enhance Nigeria’s local capacity and provide competent indigenous workforce for the energy services sector, Nigerdock has unveiled its re-branded Training and Development Academy, the foremost indigenous institution offering the highest quality and competence needs-based training for its workforce and clients in the sector.

The fully-equipped academy, which was unveiled on Thursday, April 6, 2017, is a globally recognised centre that has been training tradesmen and professionals for over three decades, recording over 6,000 trainees in various skills including project management, quality assurance, occupational health and safety, welding, fitting, painting and coating, machining, lifting, rigging and scaffolding among others.

Representatives of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Oil and Gas Trainers Association of Nigeria (OGTAN), Nigerian Institute of Welding (NIW), International Oil and Gas Companies (IOCs) as well as business partners, who graced the occasion, commended Nigerdock for its consistent efforts to bolster local content and put Nigeria on the global map in the terms of complex oil and gas projects delivery.

While unveiling the re-branded academy (formerly known as Nigerdock Training Centre), Group Corporate Affairs Director, Jagal – Joy Okebalama, noted that by re-branding the centre, the company will be able to replicate its excellent quality footprints in the industry. It will also be able to increase its accreditationportfolio, enable partnerships with relevant public and private organizations, arm Nigerian youth with skills for employment and life and will ultimately be franchised across Nigeria with the bid to offering internationally accredited qualifications in various disciplines.

She explained that the training centre recorded a landmark achievement in 2012 when it was adjudged most suitable to develop and deliver bespoke training programs in different skillsets lacking in the Oil and Gas sectoron the back of the Chevron DSO Project in Nigeria.

“Our trainees are highly sought after by both our competitors and admirers due to the quality of training they have received. We are very proud of the fact that we give them the training and tools that equip them to add value in a very demanding industry”, she said.

Established in 1986 as Nigerdock Training School, its initial focus was providing training and qualification for the company’s internal needs. Thereafter, it entered into partnership with the National Directorate of Employment for training of welders, fitters and machinists. An active member of OGTAN and NIW, the Nigerdock Training Academy was the first Private Sector organization to be accredited as an Authorized Training Body by the International Institute of Welding. It is also a City & Guilds Approved Training Centre, boasting over 30 internally developed courses, leading to international/industry recognised certifications.

Nigerdock has made significant contribution to Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board Human Capacity Development Initiative (NHCDI), contributing over 500,000 man hours by successfully executing programs that have trained Nigerians in over 30 skillsets/disciplines, across Fabrication, Engineering, HSEQ, Project Management, Commercial Disciplines, Supply Chain Management and integrating training beneficiaries through employment by Nigerdock.

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