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Gaining skills for a better life in the Philippines

Malampaya Deep-water Gas-to-Power project, Palawan island

Poor and unemployed young adults from communities close to our Malampaya Deep-water Gas-to-Power project in the Philippines are gaining skills for jobs in areas such as welding, pipe-fitting, and construction as part of a vocational training programme run by the Malampaya Foundation. The programme, called Bridging Employment through Skills Training (BEST), links trainees with industries in need of skilled workers. Since 2007, the BEST programme has produced more than 4,200 scholars, 80% of whom have found work in the Philippines or overseas.

Meet Brenda, the woman who broke the mould in her Filipino village when she trained as a welder.

Batangas refinery, Luzon island

Since 1982, Pilipinas Shell Foundation has been helping people living near Shell’s Batangas refinery on the island of Luzon to equip themselves with oil and gas industry skills. The foundation runs a technical and vocational training programme called SKIL (Sanayan sa Kakayahang Industriyal), which offers 3-6 month courses in welding, pipefitting and scaffolding. It also refers graduates to companies. Shell directly funded SKIL during an upgrade to the refinery Batangas refinery in 2014-15. Meet Marco, one of the SKIL graduates, who was able to build a better future for himself and his family.

Encouraging a new generation of engineers in Nigeria

The Bonga deep-water oil and gas project has unlocked new energy resources in the Gulf of Guinea, and the door to new skills. The project has helped create the first generation of Nigerian oil and gas engineers with deep-water experience. Today, 95% of Bonga’s core offshore staff are Nigerian.

Watch a short film in which Prince Nwocha, Operations Supervisor for Bonga, and his colleagues describe how the project has brought jobs, training and opportunities for local people.

Students learning in classroom

Boosting local skills for the growing energy industry in Patagonia

In Argentina’s Neuquén province, where we explore for shale oil and shale gas, we worked with a local employment office and mayor to develop training programmes to equip local people with skills for the growing energy industry. One programme trains adults to work in the welding and electrical trades, while another prepares students for jobs in the energy industry, such as working on drilling rigs or inspecting equipment.

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