Petrofac News 1700X397
24 March 2006

Petrofac Training Secures Contract with ECITB

Petrofac Training, the specialist operations and technical training company of the Petrofac Group, has been awarded a two year contract by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB).  The £250,000 contract involves Petrofac Training providing assessment and verification services for offshore apprentices.

The ECITB provides training opportunities and grants for both new entrants and experienced personnel within the engineering and construction industries.  New ECITB regulations require apprentices to be assessed continually during their apprenticeship rather than one single assessment at the end of their National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) and this sparked the need for a training/assessment partner.

With a highly experienced competence team, Petrofac Training will provide assessment and verification in Instrument, Electrical and Mechanical disciplines. Assessors and verifiers will provide on-going support to the apprentices, who are based throughout the UK.  They will assist with the preparation of assessment plans, work closely with apprentices to provide ongoing assessment, and ultimately perform the completion of ECS/NVQ assessment documentation in line with the ECITB Awarding Body qualifications.

Louise Ferguson, UK/Europe director of Petrofac Training, commented: “This contract augments our reputation as a leading safety training provider.  We will be working with the apprentices at the start of their career providing the necessary support to ensure that they are fully capable of working in their chosen field offshore, and will adopt safe practices whilst doing so.

“Our team of qualified assessors and verifiers will work closely with apprentices and their employers to ensure that trainees are competent and ready to embark on their offshore career in the oil and gas industry.  During the next 24 months, more than 100 apprentices will be assessed by Petrofac Training.”

Mark Chapman, head of Training standards and Quality at ECITB, said: “I am very much looking forward to working in partnership with Petrofac Training, as they have an excellent reputation in our industry.  I am confident that the apprentices will reap the benefits of receiving the very best support from Petrofac Training and that this deal will mark the beginning of a strong and fruitful partnership.”