Middlesbrough FC and Equatorial Guinea international footballer, Emilio Nsue joined eight engineers from the West African country, who have spent the past 25 weeks at Middlesbrough-based TTE, to celebrate the anniversary of their homeland’s independence.
The Atlantic Methanol Production Company (AMPCO) technicians, who are only days away from completing their residential training programme, held an afternoon of celebrations at TTE to mark Equatorial Guinea’s 48th year as an independent country.
As part of the Independence Day celebrations TTE’s canteen team created traditional Equatorial Guinea dishes including Peanut Butter Chunky Chicken with Rice and Marinated Sea Bass with Avocado Sauce, to remind them of home.
Emilio Nsue made his debut in 2013 for his country and went on to captain the side during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, which took place in Equatorial Guinea. He scored the first goal of the tournament and was instrumental in helping the team finish fourth.
The Boro man, who was accompanied by teammates Carlos De Pena and Tomas Mejias, joined the group to celebrate and also presented the technicians with their ETCAL Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Processing Industry Operations, which they achieved at TTE as part of their training.
“I am very proud of them,” said Nsue after presenting the technicians with their awards.
“I’ve never seen people from my country here on Teesside so it was a pleasure for me to see all of them and I’m very happy.
“I think they have enjoyed their time here and also learnt a lot. I’m happy to be here with them on what’s a special day for us in Equatorial Guinea and that’s the main thing.
“Independence Day is the best day in my country so I came to see all of them because I know how important it is.
“I’m happy to see them and I want to say well done to all of them for what they’ve achieved.”
AMPCO, an Equatorial Guinea-based methanol production company, engaged TTE to deliver a 26-week course to eight of its process technicians. The trainees, who travelled more than 3,700 miles on their journey to Middlesbrough, used TTE’s specialist process pilot plant, which simulates the operation of a fully-functional facility, to learn from an interactive experience under controlled conditions.
TTE regularly welcomes technicians and engineers from international companies to its UK training centre in Middlesbrough. The organisation provides comprehensive technical training, upskilling and reskilling through practical training underpinned by internationally-respected vocational qualifications.
Steve Grant, Managing Director of TTE, said: “We had a great day sharing in the Independence Day celebrations with the AMPCO technicians and it was the icing on the cake when Emilio agreed to join us, which is testament to the importance that Middlesbrough FC places on community involvement.
“The AMPCO technicians have an impressive work ethic and have been determined to learn at every given opportunity during their stay with TTE. Our trainers speak very highly of them and they will take away a great deal of new skills and capabilities, which will benefit AMPCO significantly.
“They will also take away fond memories of TTE and the welcoming people of Teesside.”