The Kenson School of Production Technology (KSPT), a subsidiary of the Kenson Group of Companies, is a post-secondary technical school registered with the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT). The School operates within an integrated services approach to the oil and gas industry. The Group provides Operations and Maintenance services to many major companies in the industry and the school complements these core services through its range of programmes in operations and maintenance. As such the school is able to harness relevant up-to-date information on a real-time basis to deliver a wide range of technical courses to existing employees from many companies and new entrants alike. These new entrants include secondary school graduates or adults who wish to transition from other industries to the oil and gas industry.
The KSPT was established in 1996 as a feeder of technicians for jobs in the offshore oil and gas industry for which the Kenson Group of Companies supplied Operations and Maintenance staff. The school has forged a growth path since achieving registration with the ACTT in 2009 building on a practical based approach to competency development and emphasizing quality delivery and a student-centric culture while maintaining its close association and international affiliations to enhance student learning and development.
The Kenson School of Production Technology Limited envisions itself as the leading training provider in the energy sector locally, regionally and internationally.
The Kenson School of Production Technology Limited shall provide nationally and internationally accredited customized training for the oil and gas sector using the best technology and competent qualified instructors in a safe learning environment.
The school is focused on technician training whose graduates fit into the oil and gas industry of Trinidad and Tobago, in Upstream, Mid-Stream and Downstream operations. The differentiation for our graduates is our hands-on training capability that ensures that every graduate is ‘industry-ready’ when they complete their certificate with KSPT.
Design of Specialist Workshops
In this regard, the Kenson School of Production Technology has adequately equipped workshops/laboratories for Mechanical, Electrical, and Instrumentation technicians.
Production Simulator Training Facilities
The Kenson School of Production Technology also offers practical training facilities in the form of an Offshore Production Operations Simulator. Located in secured premises away from the classrooms, it simulates crude oil production using oil and water stored in individual containers. The oil and water are mixed as they are pumped to a third tank that represents the oil reservoir. The process of separation is experienced by students through this uniquely designed facility.
The Simulator is also equipped with piping and fire water sprinklers to simulate a deluge of the Production facility using water in the event of a fire. Should a gas leak occur the Simulator is equipped with natural gas sensors which when activated would send a signal to cause the facility to go into an Emergency Shut Down.
The KSPT is the only institution in Trinidad and Tobago with this facility.
The unique capability that makes customized programmes available to companies seeking unique solutions to their employee training and development needs is that of curriculum development. KSPT has a blend of curriculum specialists and technical expertise in operations and maintenance that can be combined in curriculum project teams to examine and conceptualize solutions for companies emphasizing:
- Underpinning theory and knowledge to support operational needs
- Practical activities to demonstrate competence
- An assessment framework to collect evidence
The Kenson School of Production Technology has introduced qualifications that require confirmation that a student has demonstrated the practical skills, as well as the necessary underpinning knowledge, to perform a range of tasks to a specific standard. Demonstration of practical skills for these qualifications (including the IVQ Advanced Diploma in Oil and Gas) requires use of a competence checklist to record evidence. This is an important tool that is used to assess practical skills. A competence checklist is a list of activities or performance outcomes that a candidate must be seen to be able to do in order to be considered competent in the tasks being assessed for the qualification. All instructors/assessors are trained and certified to perform this role.
This assessor capability has wider application in supporting competence assessment and competence verification in the industry both in Trinidad and Tobago and internationally. These assessor capabilities have been leveraged to provide services in Latin America (Peru) and East Africa (Uganda). Assessors at this institution present a unique mix of qualifications and experience in upstream operations and maintenance, mid-stream LNG operations and downstream operations and maintenance.
Assessment and Examination Support Systems
At KSPT significant resources have been employed to support the range of assessments and examinations required to build student competence and knowledge. These resources include human, information technology and physical hardware. Adherence to continuous improvement supports the infrastructure for assessments and examinations. Learning Assistant, for example, has been recently added as an innovative and cost effective e-portfolio solution that allows the institution to dramatically improve the delivery of their vocational qualifications by reducing paper submissions. All student assignments are now submitted electronically and assessors access the e-portfolio to review submissions and award marks, grades and comments.
Experience and Tested systems in Managing Employees Contracted to Clients
The integrated services approach in which the Kenson School of Production Technology has operated has facilitated the development of systems to manage a myriad of services simultaneously. One such service that has been managed since the inception is the provision of employees to major clients in Trinidad and Tobago.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Renée Ferguson is the Chief Operating Officer and a Director of the Kenson Group Of Companies. A national of Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Ferguson has over 18 years of experience in the Oil and Gas sector. She leads the business operations by ensuring efficiency and effectiveness while staying true to Kenson’s vision of providing quality service, driving performance and remaining customer-focused.
Renée Ferguson is also the Chief Executive Officer of Kenson School of Production Technology where she is involved in running the daily affairs. Renee provides strategic direction and is accountable for all aspects of Finance, Commercial, Information Technology, Legal, and Human Resources. To date, along with her team, she has forged a best-in-class organization in Trinidad and Tobago, with many service providers benchmarking their systems and processes.
Due to her deep concern for building local capability and capacity, under her stewardship, Ms. Ferguson has been able to establish the Kenson School to identify, train and develop young nationals to equip them with the knowledge and experience to work either on an offshore or onshore facility.
In 2009, Ms. Ferguson was the co-founder of The Maz Foundation, which is a non-profit Organization, dedicated to positively improving the quality of life of stakeholders in the geographic reach of the company through fundraisers and other efforts.
MBA, Specialism in Strategic Planning
UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK
B.B.A., Business Management
Prof. Rodney R. Jagai has had a very distinguished career in the Petroleum Industry. In 1974 he joined Amoco Trinidad Oil Company as a Petroleum Engineer and worked his way up through positions of increasing responsibility locally and with international Amoco Subsidiaries ending his career with Amoco in 1998 as Vice President – Operations Services.
In that same year he joined Petrotrin as President, a position he held until 2002.
Following his tenure at Petrotrin, Prof. Jagai left the industry and pursued a full-time life of academia being a part-time instructor in Petroleum Engineering at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus during his industry years.
He joined the University of Trinidad & Tobago as Academic Programme Coordinator in the Petroleum Engineering Faculty and rose to the rank of Associate Professor in Practice in Petroleum Engineering.
He was then appointed Acting President of the University of Trinidad & Tobago, a position from which he recently retired.
He currently serves as Academic and Management Consultant to the Kenson School of Production Technology, Chairman of the Executive Committee and Acting Chairman of the Kenson Group of Companies.
He is also a Practicum Supervisor for the MBA Programmes at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business.
He served on the boards of Carib Brewery, ANSA Technologies, Carib Glass and Petrotrin.
Activities & Affiliations
- Fellow, Institute of Learning and Management, UK
- Fellow, Energy Institute, UK
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES, ST. AUGUSTINE
BSc. (Hons) Chemical Engineering
UNIVERISTY OF TULSA
MSc. Petroleum Engineering
MANAGER, ACADEMIC OPERATIONS
Ms. Melissa Mohammed is presently the Manager of Academic Operations at the Kenson School of Production Technology Limited. Her career started as a technician at the age of seventeen and over her more than twenty years she has made many strides through the petrochemical and oil and gas industries. Her ten years spent at Weldfab Limited were in the areas of construction, design, estimating and project management. She later joined bpTT and subsequently became the first female process technician at the bpTT Galeota Point Terminal Facility.
During her tenure at bpTT she again transitioned through many roles with increasing responsibilities. She worked as the Area Authority for the New Oil Export Line Project and was seconded to the Control of Work team thereafter.
Ms Mohammed joined the Kenson School of Production Technology as an instructor specifically for the lecturing of a foreign delegation of Ugandan students. However, her range of competencies led to her appointment as Team Lead for Research and Curriculum Development for the International Vocational Qualifications (IVQ) Advanced Diploma in Oil and Gas in November 2012.
Her prior experience gained during the construction, commissioning and operations of various petrochemical facilities within the Point Lisas Industrial Estate and at bpTT contributes to her vast knowledge of the ever-changing improvement of the safety culture that existed before the introduction of the STOW System.
This, coupled with her areas of expertise which include Mechanical Maintenance; Electrical Maintenance; Process Operations; Control of Work and Safe Systems of Work, and a strong desire toward the advancement of the Kenson School of Production Technology elevated her to the position of Manager, Academic Operations.
Ms. Mohammed was approved as an Instructor for the Rig Pass programme of the International Association of Drilling Contractors in October 2013. Further, she was admitted to the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) as an Associate Member on 19th June 2014 and was also approved for membership with the Energy Institute in August 2014. She is the City & Guilds Medals for Excellence 2015 Gold Medal International winner for the category of Learner of the Year.
- Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago- New Energy Services Exporter of the Year 2013
- Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago – Quality in Tertiary Education (QuiTE) Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning 2014
- Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago- Energy Services Exporter of the Year 2015
- City & Guilds Medals for Excellence 2015. The winners from KSPT announced in February 2015 are:
- Trevor Collette: Instructor - City and Guilds (8510-10) Level 3 International Vocational Qualification (IVQ) Advanced Diploma in Oil and Gas Process Technician - Outstanding Achiever of the Year
- Melissa Mohammed: Instructor and Manager of Academic Operations - City and Guilds (8510-03) Level 3 International Vocational Qualification (IVQ) Advanced Diploma in Oil and Gas Mechanical Maintenance Technician - International Learner of the Year
- Rajeev Ramrattan: Student - City and Guilds (8510-05) Level 3 International Vocational Qualification (IVQ) Advanced Diploma in Oil and Gas Electrical Maintenance Technician – Learner of the Year
- Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago- Quality in Tertiary Education (QuITE) Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
The Kenson School of Production Technology and the Uganda Petroleum Institute of Kigumba (UPIK) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 6th August 2012 making the Kenson School of Production Technology the conduit for all training to be undertaken in Trinidad and Tobago for students of Uganda Petroleum Institute of Kigumba (UPIK).
The school also hosted the Honourable Jessica Alupo, Minister of Education and Sport of Uganda and a high-level contingent of four persons representing UPIK and the Ministry of Education and Sport, for one week from 31st July to 7th August 2012. Thirty-one (31) students benefitted and completed technician level programmes over the period 11th October 2011 to 21st October 2012.
In 2014 KSPT has deepened and extended this relationship and enrolled sixty-six (66) UPIK students and instructors in Trinidad and Tobago to complete the following programmes:
- Instructor Development Programme – Eight (8) UPIK Instructors were enrolled to complete the City and Guilds level 3 Advanced Diploma in Teaching, Training and Assessing Learning
- City and Guilds level 3 Electrical and Instrumentation Maintenance Technician Training – 29 students
- City and Guilds level 3 Mechanical Maintenance Technician and Drilling Trades Programme - 29 students
Through the efforts of the private sector the Kenson School of Production Technology sent two representatives to the Mozambique Gas Summit in March 2013 in Maputo Mozambique. The representatives were Mr. Blair Ferguson, Executive Director and Mr. Rodney Jagai, Academic Consultant.
Mr. Jagai presented a paper on Trinidad and Tobago’s success factors in oil and gas development which was well received particularly by an audience that did not know of the achievements of Trinidad and Tobago in oil and gas exploration, drilling and production.
Present at the Summit were the President of Mozambique Armando Guebuza and his cabinet and approximately 600 representatives of the private sector in Mozambique.
An agreement was signed with GITA Allied Solutions a private company with registered offices in both Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago for training for Nigerian students. Ten (10) students started and completed the City and Guilds level 3 Instrumentation Maintenance Technician qualification in 2013.
The Kenson School has been successfully audited by a Nigerian government auditor and approved to train students under the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme.
In 2014 another fifty (50) students were enrolled for six months to complete the following programmes in Trinidad and Tobago:
- City and Guilds level 3 Electrical Maintenance Technician;
- City and Guilds level 3 Instrumentation Maintenance Technician;
- City and Guilds level 3 Mechanical Maintenance Technician;
- City and Guilds level 3 Mechanical Maintenance Technician Stage One and Drilling Trades (Floorman/Derrickman).
KSPT has been approved to assess and certify employees of the COLP Melchorita Plant in Peru under the standards for each strand of the City and Guilds Level 3 International Vocational Qualification (IVQ) Advanced Diploma in Oil and Gas (8510). This process involves the following:
- Internal and External Verification;
- Registration with City and Guilds;
- Certification with City and Guilds.
These exercises are scheduled to be conducted both in Trinidad and Tobago and Peru.