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About Us

The Upstream Training Trust (UTT) was established in 1997 by the Petroleum Agency SA (the Agency) and the companies participating in the South African off and on-shore search for oil and gas.

“Upstream” refers to the exploration, development and production phases of the petroleum industry, that is the phases prior to the refining of produced natural oil or gas. The term therefore includes seismic surveying, exploration (drilling) and production.

It plays a visible role in creating opportunities for training and development of South Africans in this industry. The UTT, as part of the Petroleum Agency SA, was formed with this objective in mind.

What we do

The Upstream Training Trust (UTT) is a non-profit organisation that seeks to contribute towards the development of scientific and engineering capacity in South Africa for the upstream petroleum industry through investment in human capital development with a specific focus on historically disadvantaged individuals. Thus supporting a sustainable on-ongoing search for oil and gas in the country by concentrating on three disciplines.

Our Focus Areas

Technology

Such as studies in computer science, information technology or information systems.

Engineering

All fields including petroleum, chemical, civil, mechanical, structural or mining engineering.

Natural Science

Including studies in mathematics, physics, chemistry, environmental science, geology or geophysics.

Our Vision

To be the foremost facilitator of education and skills development for the petroleum industry and see South Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds find decent employment in the country’s growing upstream petroleum industry.

Our Mission

  • To work together with partners to help South Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds to acquire the skills, experience and opportunities to find employment in the country’s upstream petroleum industry.
  • To contribute towards the development of sustainable science and engineering capacity for the petroleum industry through investment in the human capital development of South Africans with specific emphasis on historically disadvantaged individuals.

Our Mandate

  • Support career awareness in science, engineering and technology at school level.
  • Support petroleum education and research at tertiary educational level.
  • Providing funding for projects that conduct research and create skills for the petroleum industry.
  • Build capacity.

History

The Upstream Training Trust (UTT) was established in 1997 by the Petroleum Agency SA (the Agency) and the companies participating in the South African off and on-shore search for oil and gas.

The UTT is administered by the Agency as a non-profit organisation that seeks to provide specialised human skills to support the ongoing search for oil and gas. The UTT’s funds are provided by the companies licensed by the Agency. Exploration and production licensees are required to contribute to the trust annually. In this way, a collective approach is adopted in providing the specialised trained manpower required to continue the search for oil and gas and ensuring that South Africa has the skilled human resources available to do so.

Over the past decade, thanks to its donors, UTT has invested some R5 million on tertiary education bursaries for students spent R23 million on education and skills development projects which includes R 6 million funding for the Petroleum Studies Project.