A team from Halliburton, an American oil field service company, met with Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry, Simona Broomes at her Duke Street office. The team included Recruitment Specialist Daniel Compan, Performance Development Coordinator Claudia Rodriguez and Business Segment Manager Carlos Casado.Halliburton is one of many companies which will be working as a contractor for ExxonMobil. The company has commenced its recruitment process of Guyanese. Compan noted that the company is looking to hire engineers, technicians and persons to fill administrative positions.From left: Business Segment Manager Carlos Casado, Minister Simona Brooms, Performance Development Coordinator Claudia Rodriguez and Recruitment Specialist Daniel Compan“We are looking for local people, Guyanese people, so we want to invite all of the professionals to come and apply to our company because we are looking for the local talent. We know that there is talent in this country. We have already had some interviews, and we are glad to see that there is potential and we want to develop that potential here in the country,” Compan explained.The company plans to have more than 20 per cent of its workforce comprised of Guyanese. However, Rodriguez indicated that as time goes by and the sector begins to blossom, that number will significantly increase. “We are willing to train them, to provide them with the knowledge required to perform the job and help them develop their careers,” she stated.According to Rodriguez, integration of local talent into the company is the main trait Halliburton has followed in the over 70 countries in which they operate. Additionally, it was mentioned by Rodriguez that the company is one that deals with diversity, and as such is encouraging woman to take up the opportunities that are available in the male dominated field. The Development Coordinator also highlighted that the company also met with a number of students from the Faculty of Technology of the University of Guyana to apprise them of the opportunities available to them upon graduating. She noted that the company will be hosting two meetings with UG faculties.The company representatives will also be meeting with a number of technical institutes to inform them of possible career paths they could venture into at Halliburton.Minister Broomes said she welcomed the company’s local content initiative of having Guyanese on its workforce. She observed that the call is not only for those in Georgetown but for Guyanese countrywide.“We have a lot of engineers in Guyana who might not be engineers in oil and gas but engineers in the extractive mining and there is still an opportunity because the company is providing the more technical training as it relates specifically to the oil sector,” Minister Broomes is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.