What struck Jason Tuchelt most about Mozambique was the amount of construction.
"I didn't know what to expect when going to Africa for the first time but there were a lot of construction cranes," says Tuchelt. "I was very impressed by that."
Tuchelt and Eenjin Batsuren, both academic chairs with SAIT's Department of International Projects, visited Mozambique last spring on a fact-finding mission to discover what training is required to develop a national workforce for liquefied natural gas.
"Large reserves have recently been found in the country and many multi-national companies, including big players like Shell and Anadarko, have come to Mozambique to extract those reserves," says Batsuren.
After participating in a forum hosted by the Alberta International Development Office in Maputo, Mozambique in 2015, SAIT was selected to assist with implementing a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program for production operators. The program is intended to provide skilled workers to operate the large natural-gas plants being built throughout the country.
Raynie Wood, associate director of International Projects with SAIT, says the project was a natural fit for the institution.
"It's helping the partnering schools understand how you operate an organization when delivering applied education using equipment," says Wood. "SAIT is highly recognized, worldwide, for oil-and-gas expertise."
Customized training for Mozambique
Tuchelt is now managing the development of curriculum and equipment lists that are uniquely catered to entry-level workers in Mozambique.
"We're not going over there and offering SAIT credentials, instead we are helping them develop their own custom curriculum" says Tuchelt. "In our discussions with some of the people we met over there, they were quite honest with us about the basic knowledge the students might have. We'll start at that level and get progressively more complex."
Once the curriculum is ready, it will be handed over to the government who will deliver it at technical and vocational school in Pemba, Cabo Delgado. SAIT will also provide technical training to the local instructors delivering the courses.
SAIT around the globe
The Mozambique initiative is just one of many of SAIT's international projects. For close to 30 years, SAIT has shaped applied education around the world.
"We have the ability to work in an international context, which is very fluid; we are proud to say we are globally recognized for quality, applied education," says Wood.
SAIT's Corporate Training Solutions team works with businesses, governments and other post-secondary institutions to offer training or develop the curriculum and infrastructure required to meet their needs. While the level of training and support offered to multi-national companies, governments, or educational organization is unique to each project, they often fall into one of four categories:
- Workforce Nationalization partnerships: SAIT works to deliver education to its employees in other countries and develop the local workforce. This typically starts in-country, with English language training and academic upgrading. From there, successful candidates come to SAIT for technical training.
- Institutional Capacity Building: SAIT works in developing countries to help them establish new technical institutes that provide hands-on training. Ultimately, the institute will be self-sufficient.
- Customized Onsite Technical Training: SAIT works to develop and deliver customized training through a combination of online learning and face-to-face, hands-on training at a local educational institute.
- Curriculum consultation: SAIT develops custom curriculum used to develop a skilled workforce.
Below is a snapshot of the countries SAIT has worked in over the past three decades:
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