LearnCorp International, a private company owned by the Cape Breton University Foundation, celebrated the graduation of their first cohort of trainees from SBM Offshore Guyana. Twenty-four Guyanese completed phase one of SBM Offshore Guyana’s Trainee Technician Program in Advanced Skills Training in Petroleum Operations, which was facilitated by LearnCorp International. The trainees are now one step closer to being internationally qualified to function in various technical roles onboard the floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessels operating offshore Guyana.
Over the past year, the trainees developed their knowledge and skills competencies in four unique disciplines: Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation, and Production Operations. On August 11, they were honored with a ceremony in Canada, where several trainees received awards for their outstanding performance.
Lucia MacIsaac, President, and CEO of LearnCorp International remarks, “LearnCorp International is proud to be a part of the development of these 24 young people from Guyana. They have been with us here in Sydney, Nova Scotia for one year and now, it is time for them to put their knowledge and skills to work on the Liza Unity FPSO.”
Several female trainees performed exceptionally well in their respective disciplines.
Arantxa English received two awards – the LCI Safety Award by Discipline and the LCI Most Improved Trainee by Discipline, both within the electrical field.
“I felt honored and blessed that I was granted this opportunity to experience the program and I feel well-accomplished. I am grateful that they continue with putting out these programs because it is important for young Guyanese generations to be involved in this sector as SBM Offshore has provided for us,” she expressed.
During the graduation ceremony, a video message from SBM Offshore Guyana’s Human Resource Manager, Onecia Johnson applauded the team for a job well done. “Your SBM Offshore family is delighted at your success and welcomes you to the team. We look forward to your return and the invaluable contributions you will make as you continue this journey within our operations,” she stated.
The Trainee Technician Program is one of several initiatives undertaken by the company to build the capacity of Guyanese to serve the local oil and gas sector. LearnCorp International is expecting the third cohort of trainees from Guyana to arrive in early 2024.