Local Workforce Development - PERU LNG
Recently we have worked in partnership with Peru LNG, where we operated an exemplary internationally accredited local training program for a natural gas export project that will support economic growth in Peru, for what will be the largest foreign direct investment in the country''s history. Early in the development of the PERU LNG project, a local Operations Training Program for national Peruvian employees was conceived to transfer knowledge to national employees for operational positions.
(Peru LNG plant under construction - Dec 2008)
Establishment of first City & Guilds Centre and NVQ provider in the Americas
As part of our project, we have assisted a leading local training centre, resulting in the establishment of the first City & Guilds centre and NVQ provider in the Americas, which will allow the Peruvian trainees that graduate from the training program to be amongst the first LNG operations team in South America with internationally recognised certification.
While many world-class companies do not train to internationally recognised training, or send local teams abroad, PERU LNG instead chose to leverage the high level of education in Peru, by bringing in development experts such as ourselves. This not only benefits the group being trained but also benefits the local training college in order to achieve international accreditation from both City & Guilds and BTEC.
(Trainees undertaking a variety of assessments at our partner college in Peru)
As part of this project, we have our own experienced and certified instructors in Peru, where as well as training the local students they are also training the local college instructors so that they can also meet internationally recognised standards for trainers, assessors and verifiers.
Students successfully complete Performing Engineering Operations NVQ
A key stage in the development of the local Peruvian students was the successful completion of the City & Guilds 2251 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations, by the trainees involved in this development project.
The driving force behind this element of the local students development involved the need to acquire a broad based vocational qualification. The Performing Engineering Operations NVQ provided that, as it is designed to have a wide application throughout the engineering sector, and in addition it provided a flexible approach to the environment in which the qualification could be assessed.
(Just some of the successful students after collecting their City & Guilds certificates)
The NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations is a popular competence qualification, where the candidates must demonstrate competence and adequate underpinning knowledge in a minimum of five units, of which three are mandatory. Whilst students have not been able to undergo assessment in a working environment due to the nature of the project, much has been gained by acquiring the basic engineering competencies whilst working in a sheltered environment. This has been due to an ongoing emphasis on safety critical work activity and the need to ensure flexibility of assessment opportunities to both maintain and enhance the provision of competent personnel within the industry.
Such an assessment method has allowed a minimum safe level of competence to be achieved and demonstrated by the candidates prior to being exposed to the hazards of the industrial environment, thus minimising the risk of injury to themselves and other employees.
Recruitment Selection Process - From 2,900 to 48
A critical piece of building a sustainable operation in Peru was the integration of Peruvians into the workforce. Starting with more than 2,900 applicants, COLP (the operating company of PERU LNG), under the guidance of the Training Manager and Training Coordinator instigated a comprehensive recruitment and selection program.
The first recruitment filter considered a matrix based on grade point average GPA., Technical certifications and degrees, residence (area of influence), age, work experience, salary and level of English (as reference, not excluding criteria). Within Peru, psychological profiling of applicants is considered to be an important part of the recruitment process and COLP employed a team of consultants to assist with this aspect of the selection process. Read more.
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