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According to Visal Leng, general manager of Asia-Pacific for GE Oil & Gas, this initiative is about strengthening the talent and skills base needed for the future successful development of the oil and gas industry in Vietnam.
“We are working in partnership with PetroVietnam to ensure the next generation of oil and gas professionals has the skills, knowledge and insights needed to be able to succeed in an ever-changing environment. During these uncertain times for our industry, we cannot afford to stay focused exclusively on the present. Now more than ever, we need to also think of and invest in the future,” said Visal.
Pham Nhu Khanh, vice president of PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corporation said that the company was highly appreciative of GE’s efforts to support the development of its employees.
“It is a unique opportunity for 26 of our future leaders to gain in-depth knowledge and acquire valuable technical and leadership skills, which will not only open up their career pathways but also positively contribute to the industry’s sustainable growth,” Khanh noted.
Delivered through the GE Oil & Gas University over a four-week period – the course covers Leadership, Energy and Process and Equipment and will be delivered by experts from GE and other leading organisations.
Sandro Fantini, GE Oil & Gas University director, said the university’s programme has contributed to building an extraordinary, world-wide network of professionals for more than a decade.
“Since 2005, we have provided employees from our oil and gas customers with fundamental management and technical skills to consolidate their overall understanding of the industry.
“GE professionals together with academic professors and the most valuable industry experts offer a unique multicultural training experience to our key customers, which we continue to update our portfolio and ensure high quality programmes,” said Sandro.
Since its establishment, the GE Oil & Gas University has hosted 87 national and international oil and gas companies, as well as recorded about 770 graduates of resident and localised courses from 35 countries.
Today, GE invests more than $1 billion each year in employee development worldwide. As of 2015, GE Crotonville leadership centre served more than 40,000 employees and 4,200 customers.
Close to a hundred of top leaders from GE’s customers and partners in Vietnam have joined the intensive leadership development programmes at Crotonville campus.
GE was one of the first American companies established in Vietnam in 1993. GE Vietnam currently employs more than 900 people and offers products and services in the Power, Energy Connections, Renewable Energy, Oil and Gas, Healthcare and Aviation sectors.