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Skills and Competency on the Menu at Academy Business Briefing

09 June 2009

The benefits to businesses of having a workforce training and competency management system will come under the spotlight during a lunchtime briefing hosted by OPITO The Oil & Gas Academy later this month.

The event will provide organisations with a clear understanding of the steps involved in gaining OPITO approval for their competence management system and product certification for training courses. It is aimed at those responsible for the management, quality assurance, administration and delivery of workforce training and competence across the upstream sector.

Jim Cameron, the Academy's director of approvals and competence services, will lead the briefing with presentations on how business can achieve industry-approval of their management system and learning products.

Speakers Kevin Cochrane, field manager at Centrica HRL, and Peter Brown, UK managing director of PSN Ltd, will also share their experiences of achieving OPITO approval and discuss the impact it has had in their organisations in terms of business and safety performance.

There is an increasing focus by industry regulators and professional bodies on the need for formal processes for developing, maintaining and monitoring the competence of staff, said Mr Cameron.

A skilled and competent workforce is vital to the health of the oil and gas industry, in terms of ensuring safe operations, sustaining domestic oil and gas production and supporting the export of the knowledge and expertise that has grown up with it. This briefing will equip companies with the information they need to quality assure a highly effective system for managing workforce competence and will outline the process for having that system independently approved to industry best practice.

The event takes place at the Academy's global headquarters: Minerva House, Portlethen, Aberdeen, from 10.30am 12 noon on June 15. If you would like to attend or find out more about this seminar then please contact Lisa Geddes on 01224 787814 or