As part of efforts to assist in addressing graduate unemployment and engage local work force,Technip Ghana, an energy-sector engineering and construction firm has received its fifth batch of interns, who are being trained to subsequently take up various roles in the company.
The move is also aimed at ensuring that trained Ghanaians were engaged for its operations rather than relying heavily on expatriates to manage its activities in the country.
According to Technip’s Compliance and Communications Officer, Abigail Mensah, seven engineering students from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology(KNUST) and the Regional Maritime University (RMU) are undergoing the intenship programme.
“Technip in the near future is looking forward to have Ghanaian trained engineers holding lead managerial positions so we could have 100 per cent local work force,” she stated.
The company, she added, has since 2012, trained over 30 interns and National Service personnel who have been absorbed into the company.
“The first batch of interns who joined Technip in 2012 from KNUST are now occupying Deputy Lead Engineer positions in the Installation, Structure and Pipeline Engineering Departments in the company,”she stated.
She explained that the company has since its inception in Ghana in 2009, partnered KNUST and RMU to develop a collaborative three-stage recruitment programme; Internship, National Service and Permanent Employment.
She added that, the company currently has 23 Ghanaians employed permanently through the programme.