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RKK and UNITAR in Partnership Agreement

RKK and UNITAR – The United Nations Institute for Training and Research


During a meeting in Geneva on Wednesday 4th August, RKK and UNITAR, The United Nations Institute for Training and Research, signed a ”Partnership Agreement” relating to “Capacity Building and Training for UNITAR projects in Africa”.

The objectives of the Partnership Agreement is as follows:-
“ This Partnership Agreement between UNITAR and RKK is established based on requirements for, and experiences from, a fruitful training for qualification of work force for Nigeria. The Partnership Agreement is signed with a long term perspective of enhancing the Partnership”

The first phase of this collaboration will involve the training and qualifications of skilled workers for the Nigeria’s oil industry. Attention will also be given to the development and upgrading of infrastructure in a number of regions in Nigeria, through joint studies made together with local authorities. The parties will also shortly extend this work to other countries in Africa in which the UN has on-going projects. RKK looks forward to a fruitful longterm partnership with UN experts in Geneva and Africa and with the relevant authorities and enterprises in the countries and regions with which we wish to extend our cooperation. We shall keep our website regularly updated with progress reports.

Report for Capacity Building and Training for UNITAR projects in Africa 2011

The partnership agreement between UNITAR and RKK has during the first year been a great success. Capacity building and training was started up autumn 2010 in both Walvis Bay in Namibia and at Stord training centre in Norway.In Namibia there has been a steady growth of Nigerian students trained for UNITAR the last year. This summer 60 Nigerian students have participated in different courses in Namibia at the same time. All completed and ongoing courses have been related to skills required in the Oil & Gas industry in Nigeria. RKK foresee that this positive trend will continue.

RKK are very pleased for positive feedback from UNITAR and partners in Nigeria on quality in courses. Another important and positive result is that almost all students found employment after completion of courses.Due to growth in activity and to secure quality and predictability, RKK has increased their number of staff in Namibia and bought accommodation facilities in Walvis Bay. RKK foresee a future extension of the capacity building together with UNITAR into other African countries as well.

RKK are in addition to ongoing training courses also involved in planning studies for capacity and competence building in different projects in Nigeria. RKK look forward to continue the fruitful cooperation with UNITAR, and continue to build capacity and competence for Nigerian students.

Educational Cooperation in 2011

The educational cooperation between RKK and UNITAR has been going full force throughout 2011, and more students are currently undergoing training in Namibia.
Now, in October 2011, several students are training in Namibia. Currently, this applies to PCO 8 (Drilling), which has 11 students from the NDDC, while PCO 9 (Welding) has 6 students from NDDC. Educational Cooperation between RKK and UNITAR has in 2011 covered a wide range of courses. Training programs have been held from the beginning of the year, and will continue in the future.

The courses that have been held once or several times throughout the year are:

  • Instrumentation electro
  • Instrumentation piping
  • Automation
  • Safety & Security officer
  • Quality Maintenance & Inspection Officer
  • Oil & Gas introduction
  • Drilling - level 2 Roughnecks
  • Welding: Basic intro and TIG141

Oil & Gas Group

Photo above: Mr. Andrew Jacobs with the Oil and Gas group (October 2011)

Mr Ryan Gordon with the Welding Group

Mr. Ryan Gordon with the welding group (October 2011)

RKK aquired more training equipment from South Africa, to ensure good quality training. These PLC modules (see photo below), will be used for both Automation and Instrumentation training.

PLC Modules for training in RKK Namibia

Walvis Bay

Photo above: Nigerian students in Walvis Bay


In November 2010 a group of 13 Nigerian students underwent a 3 month automation course at the Stord Training Centre. The course lasted from November 2010 until February 2011