This initiative forms part of Capital Drilling’s ongoing strategy to provide considerable training and professional development opportunities for its employees.

The initiative has taken some two years in preparation and planning, working closely Cairns TAFE to ensure the attendees met entry-level requirements and with Australian embassy staff in Africa to streamline Visa approvals processes.

The certificate will take three years to complete, with the candidates spending a total of 16 weeks in Australia studying at Cairns TAFE campus. Additionally, on the job (OTJ) training will continue throughout the course and will be signed off by approved certified tradesman as competency in each module is demonstrated. 

Capital Drilling plans to offer the program to a minimum of three employees every year with candidates chosen from the company’s operations across Africa. The company will cover all costs associated including course fees, travel, meals and accommodation.

Ryan Peterson, Executive – Maintenance said “We are very excited to launch this program and send our first three African employees to Australia to begin their studies. We have always had a strong commitment to providing development opportunities for our National employees and this initiative is the next step in providing an unprecedented opportunity to those who show a strong capability in these areas, but who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to complete an internationally recognised qualification in their home countries. Our employees who complete this qualification will not only replace expat roles, we hope they will become the future leaders of our organisation.”