An Aberdeen firm’s £250,000-plus investment in new training can help to future proof the UK subsea sector, its founder and managing director said yesterday.
SeaFlo Consultancy, based at Balmoral Business Park, has spent the cash on developing its innovative Marine Professionals Chartership Progression Training, which is supported by high-tech mobile simulators.
The company said the modular course would help “fast-track” the careers of aspiring marine technicians to chartered engineers and technologists in the subsea industry, and aid the sector’s recovery from the coronavirus and oil price collapse.
It is said to be the first course of its kind to be recognised by both the Society for Underwater Technology and Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, with all time logged counting towards chartership.
SeaFlo managing director Charles Reith, who founded the business in 2010, said: “Chartered engineers and technologists have a vital role to play in developing the production optimisation innovations and solutions that will support the sector to recover from this downturn and continue spearheading a low carbon future.
“However, with projects delayed or cancelled and headcounts being reduced, some industry wisdom and experience has slipped away before it can be shared with junior personnel.
“Seizing the moment and taking advantage of training now is a real priority for businesses.”