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Shell contract for OPITO International signals new era for Iraq’s oil and gas workforce

Iraq: Tuesday, March 12 - 2013 @ 12:52

The oil and gas industry body which sets training standards that improve safety will ensure that these centres train Iraqis to industry expectations and OPITO standards.

In addition, OPITO is working with all the international oil companies in Iraq to design a framework for delivering suitably qualified Iraqi oil and gas workers to help the country fully exploit its emerging oil industry and transform the economy of the war torn country.

This contract is one of a series of workforce development initiatives OPITO is undertaking in several oil and gas provinces around the world. To bolster its new role as the trusted adviser to Governments, international and national oil companies in their quest to develop indigenous oil and gas workforces, OPITO has created the new role of director of international workforce development.

Former director of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), John McDonald, has been appointed to lead the work with Shell and build future agreements with governments and industry, which are currently in the pipeline, in places as far-ranging as Oman and East Timor.

Mr McDonald said: “Being invited by Governments and NOCs to design frameworks that will ensure indigenous workforces are suitably trained and qualified to work in the oil and gas industry is an honour and underlines the esteem in which OPITO Is held globally.

“As a not for profit organisation, funded by the industry, OPITO will reinvest the revenues generated by these contracts in the continuous development of educational products and services for the benefit of the industry.”

During his time at SQA, Mr McDonald led the development t of new products and services and created new markets in Asia and the Middle-east. He worked at ministerial level in several countries on capacity building projects in education and training. Before joining OPITO, he was a director of ACTVET, the government body charged with creating a vocational education and training system in Abu Dhabi.

A similar agreement with Petronas in Malaysia will see OPITO standards become part of the national oil company’s mandatory safety training programme. The newly signed memorandum of understanding between the two organisations will result in the transition to BOSIET (Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training) standard as a minimum requirement for all workers offshore Malaysia in the same way as it is compulsory in the North Sea.

Through a framework being developed by OPITO, hundreds of technicians will be trained to recognised industry qualifications, allowing them to work wherever Petronas operates in the world. This will increase the global mobility of the individuals and give Petronas the confidence in the competence of their technicians.

To deliver the increasing international scope of work, OPITO International has doubled the size of its offices in Dubai and increased its international workforce to 22 with a further four positions to be created in the next 12 months.

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