We believe that localisation, the transfer of scarce skills from experienced expatriate staff to nationals living within the Kurdistan Region, benefits not only the people but also companies. Localisation remains the only solution to meeting rising demands for skilled staff whilst keeping training costs to a minimum. The pillars of successful localisation are mutual gain, fast results and productive collaboration.

The KRG and the Ministry of Natural Resources are localising the oil and gas sector by conducting surveys and training programmes, enforcing immigration control and reducing the hiring of low skilled expatriates. 

Today the local oil and gas industry workforce has reached 70%, a rise of 15% since April 2011. Our aim is to achieve 90% localisation by 2016.

The Ministry of Natural Resources is working on an Oil and Gas Workforce Capability Development Program. To apply for the Foundation Training Program, please download the application here.