Called 'Ubuntu', the program will be launched in the capital, according to a statement sent to VerAngola. "The Association of Autochthonous Companies for the Petroleum Industry of Angola (ASSEA) in partnership with the Muhatu Energy Angola (MEA) platform will launch, on the 16th of this month, in Luanda, the professional internship program called Ubuntu", reads up in the note.
This internship program, according to the statement, is aimed at final year students of technical-professional courses and "its main objective is to provide students with the opportunity to emerge in the real work environment, where they will face daily challenges and apply their theoretical knowledge in situations practices".
According to the note, 'Ubuntu' "has an eye on gender diversity in the sector" and, for this reason, is aimed exclusively at female students.
"Currently, the inclusion of women in the oil industry represents only 22 percent of the total workforce, with an even lower representation of eight percent in technical areas," the statement added.
Regarding these numbers, the vice-president of ASSEA, Berta Rodrigues Issa, considers it necessary to "create significant opportunities for women" in this sector.
"These numbers highlight the pressing need to create meaningful opportunities for women in the energy industry," said Berta Rodrigues Issa, quoted in the note.
"By offering equal training and career development opportunities, we are committed to helping transform the landscape of the oil industry in Angola and creating a more inclusive and diverse environment", added the vice-president of ASSEA.
According to the statement, "in the first phase of the program, the target audience" will be made up of students from the National Petroleum Institute (INP) "and fourth-year or final year students from the Instituto Superior Politécnico de Tecnologias e Ciências (ISPTEC)".
These students will begin by "absorbing notions about the functioning and rules of the organization, learning about ISOs (International Standardization of the Organization), culture and strategy of the organization". Furthermore, throughout the internships they will also learn about the "procedures used, introduction to hygiene, safety and environment, as well as the Key Performance Indicators (KPI)".
In the end, it is expected that the beneficiaries of the program "will have developed social and communication skills, essential to collaborate effectively with teammates and comply with professional standards", the note reads.
According to Janice Faria, executive director of Enagol (one of the companies offering internships in classes), the interns will acquire "practical knowledge in real engineering techniques", among others.
"Interns will acquire practical knowledge in real engineering techniques, as well as fieldwork skills, following all applicable rules and regulations. They will also be able to identify specific areas that require personal or professional growth and will be better prepared to face these challenges. Feel they will be more confident and prepared to take on a professional position in the oil and gas sector, should a hiring opportunity arise", he stated, quoted in the statement.
This internship program will be paid and will last three months. Regarding the choice of candidates, according to the statement, they "will be selected based on academic performance, passion for the technical area and desire to make a difference in the oil industry".