The General Electric has taken it beyond mere words of mouth in its commitment to create jobs, build skills and ensure technology transfer in its operations in Nigeria and beyond, (GE) has sent the first batch of the 15 newly recruited technicians and engineers to Brazil for training in the assembly and test of subsea equipment.
The young Nigerians, most of whom are just fresh from school departed Nigeria over the weekend for the one-month training. It is indeed encouraging to be hearing this kinds of practical stories and we hope that other companies take note of this and give those that are still in the schools reasons to be serious with their studies.
GE Oil and Gas, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Uzo Nwagwu who made this known in Lagos also disclosed that over the next months, the team will proceed to Aberdeen for the next phase of training in GE's Bridge of Don manufacturing facility where they will receive further hands-on exposure to Subsea equipment manufacturing activities.
According to Uzo: "The trainees include three manufacturing engineers and twelve technicians who fill form the core team for assembly and testing of subsea equipment. GE is investing approximately $3.6 million in the training and development of these employees".
The GE Oil and Gas COO disclosed that since their recruitment in April, all 15 trainees have been engaged in rigorous training programs which include the GE New Employee Orientation training (NEO), and a 90-day assimilation training program in GE's Port Harcourt office and workshops trainings at the Onne facility.