Learning solutions provider Atlas Knowledge has signed a deal with the Ministry of Oil and Baghdad Oil Training Institute (BOTI) in Iraq.
The contract will enable the firm to deliver safety and technical training to the country’s oil and gas workforce as part of a project sanctioned by the Ministry of Oil’s Department of Training and E-learning.
The incentive will include 35 courses at 16 technical colleges in the country and nearly 350,000 people will have access to the classes which will educate workers on safety and technical subjects within the industry.
Robert Morgan, Atlas’s chairman, said: “Iraq has opened its doors to international investors in recent years in order to expand its infrastructure and meet its ambitious oil and gas targets. The significant rise in exploration and production activity is matched by the massive expansion in skills and labour development.
“There is a serious desire within the government and the Ministry of Oil to invest in its manpower through the use of innovative technology and world-leading best practice standards. This will ensure the workforce has the skills, knowledge and competence to capitalise on the wealth of opportunities within the region. BOTI has been in the forefront of deploying best in class technologies that enhance the skills of the Iraqi workforce.”
Salah Zaini, project manager for Training and E-Learning at Ministry of Oil, said: “We are pleased to roll out this e-learning initiative with Atlas Knowledge. It is a novel project and one of its kind, the long term goal of the project is to contribute to the skill pool development in Iraq within the oil and gas industry which is a vital engine for Iraqi economy.”