Keith Findlay, 21st September 2010
Opito International, the Aberdeen-based skills, learning and workforce-development body, has launched a major study to help it to deliver common training standards in the global oil and gas industry.
The research will be carried out by the Aberdeen Business School at Robert Gordon University, with the findings due to be unveiled at an Opito safety and competence conference in Abu Dhabi on November 25.
Opito said yesterday the results would help it towards its goal of rolling out global standards for safety and competency that would “ensure every worker, anywhere in the world is trained to the same standards”.
The focus of the study is to explore how internationalisation affects emergency-response and basic safety training requirements in the oil and gas industry.
It will also seek to identify good practice, highlight specific regional challenges, examine barriers to effective and consistent training delivery and put a value on training to companies worldwide.
Opito chief executive David Doig said: “Recent events in the Gulf of Mexico serve as an ongoing reminder that this industry operates in a highly challenging environment.
“It has a fundamental duty to make sure that its people are competent and trained to the best possible standards.
“Our aim is to achieve buy-in from the industry globally for one set of common standards to improve safety for every worker, no matter where they operate in the world.”
Business school dean Rita Marcella said: “This is an exciting research project and we are delighted to use our experience and expertise in the international oil and gas sector.”
About 100 senior industry decision-makers will be interviewed as part of the research. Anyone wishing to participate can contact Tracy Pirie at the business school via email@example.com