First petroleum industry Training Centre
The first Training Centre for the petroleum industry in Namibia was officially opened this week. Vivo Energy Namibia, the company that markets and distributes Shell products, announced the opening.
The Lafrenz Training Centre, situated in Windhoek, next to the Okahandja turn off, will operate as a training facility for Namibians to learn skills in the various areas of retail operations associated with the petroleum industry.
Vivo Energy Namibia Managing Director Johan Grobbelaar said at the launch that Vivo Energy Namibia, as the Shell licensee in the country, is always looking for ways to give back to the communities that it operates in.
“We understand that in seeking to be Namibia’s most respected energy company we need to respond to the call to invest in the country and its people. This Centre will serve as a training ground to make young people employable in the oil industry,” he added.
The site was officially inaugurated by the Deputy Minister of the Office of the Prime Minister Hon. Christine //Hoebes. Deputy Minister in the Office of Prime Minister.
“The more the economy expands the more energy the country requires in order to grow. The oil industry plays a major role in growing our economy. Additionally oil products require specialised handling to ensure they do not pose danger to ourselves and environment in general,” she said.
“The industry therefore requires special skills and it is extremely important that individuals working in the sector are well trained and attain relevant skills on oil product handling and that they comply with health and safety procedures in the industry. You will all agree with me that developing the right skills is by no means an easy task and requires commitment from both the private sector and government. We are pleased that Vivo Energy has opened this Training Centre today” she said.