William Pollen

William Pollen

Programme Director Invest in Africa

Having trained as an investment advisor with HSBC Private Bank, William worked in the City for a number of years before going onto pursue a career in communications and branding, creating global campaigns for multinational clients. 

In 2011, he completed his MBA in London and in February 2012, William started Invest in Africa as the Programme Director. Since then he has overseen its expansion of corporate members and donors- including Tullow Oil, BP, Woodside Energy, Cairn, MODEC, BHGE, Kosmos, Newmont Mining, DFID and the African Development Bank- into Ghana, Kenya, Senegal,  Zambia and Guinea   

Time and date Venue Topic Speakers

Wednesday 06/11/2019

From 15:00 To 16:00

11/06/2019 15:00 11/06/2019 16:00 Innovations in the design and delivery of SME and vocational skills training programs. The definition of local content has shifted from traditional “target setting” to a broader concept of creating more in-country or shared value. Is there anything that can be done to both service the existing needs of the O&G sector while also preparing workers and suppliers for future skills needs? Panelists will debate the following questions: 
  • How does the energy sector prepare its workforce for future skills needs and how important will these skills be in the face of the energy transition?
  • How can we ensure a better connect between vocational skills for oil and gas? Which programs are most effective for training energy workers?
  • Considering the narrow set of relevant jobs and insecurity around oil and gas projects, how can we create self-sustainable vocational training initiatives?
  • Should energy companies focus more on transferable skills which support the wider economy as opposed to its own sector? 
  • How can industry take the lead on local content to build trust and dialogue between government, the local business community, and contractors.
African Local Content Forum

African Local Content Forum

"Innovations in the design and delivery of SME and vocational skills training programs. "

Chris Smith Lliam Hildebrand Peninah Aheebwa William Pollen
Time and date

Wednesday 06/11/2019

From 15:00 To 16:00

11/06/2019 15:00 11/06/2019 16:00 Innovations in the design and delivery of SME and vocational skills training programs. The definition of local content has shifted from traditional “target setting” to a broader concept of creating more in-country or shared value. Is there anything that can be done to both service the existing needs of the O&G sector while also preparing workers and suppliers for future skills needs? Panelists will debate the following questions: 
  • How does the energy sector prepare its workforce for future skills needs and how important will these skills be in the face of the energy transition?
  • How can we ensure a better connect between vocational skills for oil and gas? Which programs are most effective for training energy workers?
  • Considering the narrow set of relevant jobs and insecurity around oil and gas projects, how can we create self-sustainable vocational training initiatives?
  • Should energy companies focus more on transferable skills which support the wider economy as opposed to its own sector? 
  • How can industry take the lead on local content to build trust and dialogue between government, the local business community, and contractors.
African Local Content Forum
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African Local Content Forum

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