Thursday, October 23, 2008


Anand Raj MUMBAI, OCTOBER 23, 2008: “Don Bosco is doing a phenomenal work in training underprivileged youngsters and Lamprell is proud to be associated with this prestigious organization”, said Mr. Peter Birch, Chairman of Lamprell, on his first visit to Don Bosco in India. Mr. Birch arrived in Mumbai from London on Tuesday October 21 for a two day visit to some of the Technical Training Institutions of the Salesian Mumbai Province. He was joined by a high level management team that flew down from Dubai where most of Lamprell’s operations are based. The team comprised Mr. Ed Lancaster, Lamprell Head of H.R and Administration, Mr. Jim Henderson, Senior Training Manager and Mr. Garry Scott, Senior Safety Manager. Accompanying the guests on their tour was Mr. Tom Sellars, Lamprell Manager in India. The first day was dedicated to visiting Bosco Boys Home at Borivili and Don Bosco at Kurla. Marvelling at the state of the art training facilities at Kurla, Mr. Birch said that this institution easily compares with some of the best institutions in the world. A meeting was also held in the afternoon at Kurla to discuss the Work2Live Programme which is being funded by Lamprell and is currently on in five technical institutions of the province. Expressing his satisfaction at the progress of this programme, Mr. Birch said that he was happy Lamprell was playing a part in enabling disadvantaged youngsters develop employable skills. He was of the opinion that enhancing employability was a key strategy towards poverty reduction. On Wednesday the Lamprell team visited Don Bosco Chinchwad and Shelter Don Bosco at Karjat. The guests were highly impressed by the rapidly growing training facilities at Chinchwad. At Karjat Mr. Birch laid the Foundation Stone for a Multi Skills Training Workshop, which is being totally funded by Lamprell. The Foundation Stone was blessed by Fr. Michael Fernandes, Provincial. Speaking during the ceremony, Fr. Michael Fernandes thanked Lamprell for the generous support it has extended to Don Bosco. Addressing the gathering Mr. Birch said that India was the future of the world and all countries were looking towards India for skilled human resources. The Lamprell – Don Bosco partnership was playing some part in meeting these global expectations. Concluding their visit, the Lamprell team flew out of India on Wednesday evening.

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