The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) on Friday (1st February) launched the electronic National Oil and Gas Talent Register (NOGTR), an initiative aimed at promoting employment of Uganda Citizens in the oil and gas sector.
NOGTR is a free online platform where all Ugandans and foreign nationals with credentials can upload their CVs, and apply for jobs in the oil and gas sector.
The register will all give the applicants an opportunity to be alerted in case there are opportunities in the oil and gas sector.
Speaking at the official launch at the Petroleum Authority of Uganda offices in Kampala, the Executive Director Ernest Rubondo said the NOGTR, which is one of its kind in the world in the oil and gas is another step towards helping Ugandans to actively participant and benefit from the many jobs that have come with the discovery of Oil in Uganda.
“The Development of the NOGTR is a fulfillment of the statutory requirement of employing Ugandans in the oil and gas sector as required by the Law” he said
“The regulations specifically require PAU to maintain and operate a National Human Capacity Register to aid in the monitoring of human capacity in the sector. The Register is to constitute a database of available human capabilities and technical skills in Uganda” he added.
According to Rubondo, often, the oil companies end up employing foreigners because they cannot find capable Ugandans to do the jobs
“With a human resource register in place, we will be able to demand a fair share of consideration for Ugandan employees because it will be easier to identity potential talents” Rubondo said
According to records from Petroleum Authority of Uganda, by 2017, averagely, 36.5% of employees at the management level, 68% of technical employees and 78% of other staff in the oil and gas sector are Ugandans. This is above the national targets of 30%, 40% and 95% respectively for the first five-year
Director for Technical Support Service PAU, Penninah Aheebwa says the new system will ease the recruitment process for the oil and gas sector by providing information on available talents and jobs, provide trends/data on development/ utilisation of the available talent as well as facilitate capacity building.
“However, the information put it will have to be verified and approved before it can successfully be put in our system, we expect the participants to be genuine while submitting their credentials, ant discovery of false information will result into suspension or blocking of the participate” she said.
The system was bench-marked from Canada and built by Petroleum Authority of Uganda.
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