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Bursary programme enables Ghanaian trainee transformation into technical trainer

Posted 19th March 2015 By Ben

An innovative international bursary programme operated by The TTE Technical Training Group has helped an electrical installer in Ghana land a role as a trainer with the organisation.

Peter Oppong was sponsored by TTE to undertake a programme at its Jubilee Technical Training Centre (JTTC) in Takoradi, Ghana.

TTE have been so impressed with Peter’s aptitude and commitment during his training he was subsequently offered a trainer’s role at the centre, which is located at the Takoradi Polytechnic.

As part of TTE’s commitment to supporting the development of in-country workforces around the world, it sponsors one student per programme to enable them to be financially-supported throughout their training, through the payment of fees, which will improve their employability.

The sponsorship is available to students who do not have access to any other source of funding, apart from self-funding, and are selected through an aptitude test.

Peter originally attended the JTTC, which is operated by Middlesbrough-based TTE in partnership with Tullow Oil, representing the Jubilee Partners*, to achieve the skills required to secure a maintenance contractor role.

However, he exceeded staff expectations during his training, which led to him being offered the chance to work part-time at the centre.

Peter said: ‘The training from TTE has made it possible for me to expand my skills and pass my knowledge on to other trainees; I am so pleased that I found the Jubilee centre – it has opened up many new opportunities.’

Steve Grant, Managing Director of TTE said: ‘TTE is committed to enhancing people’s lives by equipping them with the skills and competencies for careers in industry. Whether it’s in the UK, through our apprenticeship programmes run at our training centre in North East England, or at one of our international centres, such as the JTTC, it is important to ensure people have the chance to improve their prospects. Giving people the opportunity to gain skills is a very powerful way of improving their life and those around them.’

‘The international bursary programme is part of our responsibility to support the development of in-country workforces to create a sustainable pool of skilled technicians and engineers. Peter is a great example of the enthusiastic and dedicated people we get to work with and we are delighted he has joined our team.’

Matthew Kweku Gyan, Centre Manager at JTTC, based at the Takoradi Polytechnic College, said: ‘Peter set his standards high in every aspect of his training and was very proactive and forward thinking. From the first day his attendance and time keeping have been beyond reproach.

‘He has been a model learner, so much so I recommended him to become one of the centre’s staff and he now comes in at weekends to help us train other technicians.’