Training centre for petroleum industry opens in Windhoek

09 Mar 2016 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 09 MAR (NAMPA) - Deputy Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Christine //Hoebes Wednesday officially inaugurated the Lafrenz Training Centre on behalf Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.
The Lafrenz Training Centre is owned by Vivo Energy Namibia, which is a company that markets and distributes Shell petroleum products.
The courses that will be offered at the training centre range from fuel product handling, and convenience retailing to health, safety, environment and lubrication, to mention a few.
In a statement prepared by the PM, //Hoebes noted that as the Namibian economy expands, so does the energy required, which means that the energy sector and oil industry will have to grow to fulfil their major role in the country’s development.
She explained that oil products however require special training and handling to ensure that they do not pose a danger to people and the environment.
“It is extremely important that individuals working in this particular sector are well trained and attain the relevant skills in oil product handling so as to comply with health and safety procedures in the country.”
Also speaking at the event, Vivo Energy Namibia Managing Director, Johan Grobbelaar said the Lafrenz Training Centre was born out of the need to fill the skills gap and will offer training along with industrial attachment opportunities to Namibians interested in pursuing careers and entrepreneurship in the oil industry.
“This centre will serve as a training ground to make young people employable in the oil industry and for entrepreneurs who wish to make grounds in the fuel industry.”
The inauguration was attended by Executive Vice-President of the Vivo Energy Group Bernard le Goff, representatives from the Ministry of Mines and Energy and staff from Vivo Energy Namibia.
Vivo Energy Namibia, as the Shell licensee in Namibia, has been operating for the last three years.