Written by Godfrey AKON

Siemens restates commitment to local content

As equipment manufacturer, Siemens Nigeria, kicks off its pilot phase of training for select Nigerian graduates on engineering and field service operations, the company has restated its commitment to promote Nigeria’s local content.

Head, Human Resources, Siemens Nigeria, Ayobami Abunsango, said the company remains committed to promoting localisation and local content in the Nigeria oil and gas industry by grooming local human capital with world class professional and technical standards.

Abunsango further expressed the company’s dedication towards supporting human capital development in Nigeria, adding that Siemens has recruited young graduates from diverse backgrounds and best engineering citadels of learning in Nigeria to fill its talent pipeline.

“Nothing we do is more important than hiring the right people to achieve business objectives. We are confident that they will take the opportunities afforded them over the next 24months to acquire skills that will benefit themselves and the company in the years to come," he said.

Also speaking, the Head, Field Service Operations, Siemens Nigeria, Pelumi Olaolu, said the company will be joining other regions like Germany, where the programme is already being implemented to ensure the success of the training in Nigeria.

According to Olaolu, the program will train graduates on the fundamental principles and application of rotating equipment and other dimensions of energy application in gas turbines, alternators, compression among others.

A statement by the company said the training is aimed at tackling the depletion of professionals and skilled field service engineers in Nigeria, and will focus on hiring, training and grooming local talents to meet the company’s business needs and its sustainability.

After a series of screening, the company shortlisted and interviewed candidates from top universities in Nigeria through an independent and reputable recruiter, whereby five graduates were chosen and offered employment at Siemens.

According to Siemens, the training which kicked off on March 2nd, 2020, will last for 2 years and will offer beneficiaries world class training from Siemens in-country/on-site facility in Nigeria and Siemens’ Technical Competency Institute, TCI, at product lead centres in Europe and North America.

Vice President, Services and Digital, Siemens Nigeria, Seun Suleiman, said the training was driven by the company’s commitment to provide a pool of young, talented and well trained service engineers in compliance with local content act of the Nigerian Government for human capital development.

“It is our goal that by the end of this programme we will graduate multi-skilled engineers who, in the future, will be able to take over from our experienced pool of senior engineers who currently demonstrate the capacity to support our fleet of over 360 gas turbines and compressors across our country.

“This new breed of engineers will be globally certified across TCP, AGT, SGT & MGT product lines, making them experts in controls & mechanical discipline, which will be of great value to our customers and the industry in general.

We are confident that in the nearest future this program will contribute to reducing the delay in sourcing engineers locally at short notice and ensuring affordable cost in an oil & gas market that is now ever highly competitive in pricing and retaining talents,” Suleiman said.

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