Petrofac has celebrated the first major milestone of its Forces Transition Programme.
The first intake of ex-forces personnel have successfully completed the first element of the process that will convert them into qualified offshore technicians - a bespoke eight week technical and survival training course, delivered by Petrofac Training Services.
A ‘passing out’ ceremony was held at Petrofac’s Montrose fire and emergency response training facility to mark the occasion, and was attended by representatives from Petrofac, Skills Development Scotland and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB).
Andrew Ferguson, Vice President, Europe, Petrofac Offshore Projects & Operations, said: “Ex-forces personnel have skills that typically transfer very well to offshore industries because they have the discipline to meet high safety standards; they can deal with harsh and dynamic environments; and they have the right technical background and training.
“I would like to congratulate all eight of our technicians. We’ve had some great feedback on their performance during this stage of the programme and I wish them all the best as they make the transition to an offshore career with Petrofac.”
With the eight week programme complete, the technicians will now be deployed offshore in permanent positions with Petrofac’s Offshore Projects & Operations business. Once offshore, they will continue to be trained by an assigned mentor and assessed until they achieve an SVQ level 3.