TRAINING & EXPAT MENTORS
partners of ABT recognized that the establishment of ABT represented a
valuable opportunity to develop a local integrated engineering,
procurement, and construction capability that would serve the country
in good stead on a sustainable basis. Both Bechtel and ARE viewed ABT
as an effective platform for achieving this goal. Furthermore, Bechtel
felt that this approach truly demonstrated its long-term commitment to
Trinidad and Tobago, as ABT would be an appropriate vehicle for the
transfer of knowledge and expertise, creating a permanent Bechtel
presence in the Caribbean.
ABT does not
envision a one-to-one ratio of expatriates to local counterparts. Expat
Mentors rarely stay longer than one (1) year and their purpose is to
provide leadership, guidance, and on-the-job training opportunities for
nationals within the organization.
Training can be
both on-the-job and external. At ABT all employees are
exposed to a variety of initiatives that cover both technical and
non-technical areas. For example in 2006 & 2007 employees were
exposed to work rotation assignments in the Bechtel Houston office,
attended local seminars in Supervisory Development and discipline heads
held Level 1 training to familiarize all employees on their specific
discipline work processes.