Chevron Nigeria Limited has stressed that its vocational training programme is not designed to employ beneficiaries, declaring that it would continue to offer employment to credible applicants when vacancies exist.
The company’s General Manager in charge of Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Mr. Esimeje Birikin, said whereas the beneficiaries of the vocational training programme could take internship opportunities in Chevron locations, the programme is never intended to be an employment process into the company.
He also said Chevron would not discriminate against any qualified candidate when opportunities for employment become available.
Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) operates oil and gas exploration and production joint venture with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). It also operates other production agreements with the corporation in the deepwater locations offshore Niger Delta.
Mr. Birikin stated that Chevron is an equal opportunities employer and does not undertake employment decisions on the basis of race, gender, religion, color, age, ethnicity, disability etc. Employment into the company is dependent on organizational requirements and business needs.
“CNL’s sponsorship of the Vocational Training Programme (VTP) was a corporate social responsibility initiative intended to help build the skills and capacity of the VTP trainees from the local communities in various areas of oil and gas operations. Trainees spend a portion of their time in this programme attached to a CNL facility.
“The technical skills that the VTP trainees are equipped with, are transferrable and therefore the trainees are capable of contributing to the oil and gas industry and various other sectors of the Nigerian economy.
“Several of the VTP trainees have been able to get employment within the oil and gas industry. The VTP was never and is still not intended to serve as a pathway to employment in CNL for the VTP trainees. CNL never made any commitment in this regard to the VTP trainees.”
Mr. Birikin said CNL would continue to encourage qualified persons to apply to the company for employment, whenever there are vacancies.