A Commitment to Education and Training
Total has a long-standing commitment to education. We have gradually structured our approach, setting up Université Total in 2005 and our Education Department in 2010.
We act upon this commitment in three ways:
- Offering support for education to the host countries that want it;
- Training and hiring local human resources to meet our future workforce needs;
- Developing networks of partners.
Our educational funding, starting with scholarships, enables thousands of students every year to continue their studies at home or abroad.
- Prior to entering Master’s degree programs at French universities, students receive six months of French language classes to improve their skills and facilitate rapid integration into graduate programs.
- Regional scholarships have also been introduced through cooperative agreements with African universities. These grants are designed to encourage students to apply to universities in Africa, such as the 2iE Institute (International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering) in Burkina Faso, which offers degrees recognized throughout Africa and beyond.
Partnerships with universities allow Total to advance in our core businesses and enter new fields of activity. For example, we provide funding for research at École Supérieure Nationale des Mines engineering school in Paris and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Furthermore, some of our affiliates co-finance the purchase of teaching materials, as well as work to upgrade, renovate or build schools.
Another educational initiative consists of programs conducted by Université Total and our businesses in countries that express a need.
Two Countries, Two Examples
- In Angola, in addition to building four secondary schools, Total financed a consultation with five French secondary school teachers under the aegis of the Mission Laïque Française, a secular association. Working with their Angolan counterparts, the teachers revised school programs to include more “hard science” courses. The first school opened in February 2009.
- In Myanmar, Total embarked on a local initiative in September 2010, to provide training for oil industry operators over and above local qualifications, alternating classroom-based learning and on-the-job training.. At the same time, scholarships have been awarded to young people in pre-employment training to pursue a Master’s degree at École Nationale Supérieure de Géologie in Nancy, France. Similar projects have been implemented in Gabon and Venezuela.
Programs Dedicated to the Health of Our Employees and Local Communities
In Africa, Total has created a program to combat HIV/AIDS for employees and their families.
The program, which is often extended to local communities, encompasses awareness and prevention campaigns, screening and funding for treatment.
In partnership with the Pasteur Institute, the Total Foundation helps to prevent and treat infectious diseases by supporting research projects and public health initiatives in countries that host Total operations. The Foundation pays particular attention to ensuring that skills are transferred to local stakeholders to ultimately achieve self-sufficiency.
We decided to break the taboo and set up a program to raise awareness among our personnel and their families. In 2006, 25 service station managers attended a training session on HIV/AIDS transmission and treatment.
Têvi Tete-Benissan, Total Togo
Local Economic Development
We strive to constantly increase the local content of our activities in the emerging economies where we operate. Local content refers to the set of actions — local recruitment, training, purchases of local goods and services — designed to develop the industrial infrastructure and skills of the people in countries that host oil and gas projects.
Increasing the local content of our projects is a way of sustainably enhancing skills and building industrial capacity in host countries. This in turn spurs economic and social growth.
Yemen LNG: Local Training and Recruitment
Our efforts to implement our local content policy often run up against the problem of insufficient training or a lack of technical proficiency. Before we can hire nationals or contract with local businesses, we are therefore involved in education, training and skills transfer initiatives.
In Yemen, to ensure the operation of the Yemen LNG plant commissioned in 2009, we set up our own training center with our partners. Some 300 local technicians, supervisors and engineers took part in an intensive training program focusing on English language proficiency and gas technologies, rounded off with hands-on practical training. Thanks to the program, 80% of the permanent workforce of Yemen LNG, which runs the plant, are Yemenis.