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Santos, on behalf of the Bayu-Undan Joint Venture, would like to welcome 24 young Timorese who have been selected to undertake a 12-month vocational training course specialising in electrical and instrumentation. The course contains theory and practical elements, as well as an internship with public and private industries across Timor-Leste.

The training program resumed in early August after being on hold since December 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, more than 40 graduates have completed the program and the majority have secured permanent employment with various industries including the National Electricity Company known as EDTL, Pertamina, Heineken, Timor Resources and many more.

Maximiano Soares, one of the current trainees, said he felt very happy and lucky to be part of this training program: “I will make use of my time here to learn as much as I can in order to apply skills acquired on electrical and instrumentation in my future career.

David McCulloch, International Trainer from CEGELEC, said it was great to see the enthusiasm and motivation shown by students coming to class every morning and engaging in all activities: “I see great potential for all students and am confident the students will excel in the program and in their future employment as well.”

The vocational training program is a multi-party partnership between Santos and the Bayu-Undan Joint Venture, government of Timor-Leste represented by the ANPM and Secretary of State for Training and Employment (SEPFOPE), International training provider CEGELEC and the National Training Provider CNEFP-Tibar. This is the third training program to be delivered under the partnership.