RBR Group has been awarded a grant funded by UKaid to provide training services to Mozambican youth to prepare them for work on the country’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) construction boom.
The contract is part of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Skills for Employment (S4E) program, knowns as JOBA.
RBR advised that the JOBA program has committed to $1.16 million from the S4E fund to the youth training initiative.
The $3.15 billion LNG project near Mozambique’s capital reached a final investment division in November 2019 and set to be taken around the middle of 2020.
The project will see a floating storage and regasification unit moored in the harbour of Matola, a suburb of the capital Maputo, and it will be connected to a new gas-fired power plant nearby and to South Africa’s gas network. Total will supply the gas.
Total and its partners, Mitsui, ONGC, ENH, Bharat Petro Resources, PTTEP and Oil India, are committed to working collaboratively with Mozambican communities and government officials to safely develop these natural gas resources in a manner that protects the environment, encourages additional foreign investment and contributes to the long-term economic stability of the region.
In addition, in August 2019, RBR announced that it has started training prospective workers for the thousands of jobs which are set to become available on Mozambique’s emerging LNG projects.
As part of the company’s strategy to assess, train and provide works for LNG projects, RBR also pended a training centre in Palma, Mozambique, close to the LNG construction sites and is ran by its training subsidiary Futuro Skills Mozambique.
Staff and equipment were allocated with initial activities focusing on helping workers to secure internationally-recognised ECITB international health and safety passport, as well as a range of skills relevant to the activities taking place in the region.
Furthermore, in September 2019, RBR raised $1 million to fund preparations for the LNG boom, including equipment and IT requirements as well as general working capital.
RBR outlined that the construction skills internship program (CSIP) will start in May, providing a pathway into skills training that will lead to the successful graduates earning internationally-accredited qualifications from the UK’s Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB).
“The purpose of the skills for employment fund is to improve the ability of young Mozambicans, especially women, girls and marginalised youth to improve their incomes by accessing skills leading to employment or self-employment,” RBR outlined in a recent release.
“It is aimed at improving access to quality, affordable skills training by bringing together supply (training providers) and demand (employers) in partnerships that jointly support demand-driven, market relevant training in Mozambique’s job-rich growth sectors.”