Until recently, most offshore oil and gas personnel based in central Scotland needed to undertake training in Aberdeen, which could be costly and time consuming – Clyde Training Solutions' new facility is a response to meeting the needs of just these personnel
Late 2016 saw Clyde Training Solutions (CTS) accredited as an OPITO-approved training centre, making it the first training centre in Scotland outside the Aberdeen area to hold this accreditation.
“We are delighted to have made this first step in accreditation for OPITO,” said CTS director Colin McMurray. “We have already received overwhelming praise from delegates and clients alike regarding the facilities, staff and quality of training, and we have substantial development plans in place for 2017.”
The company has been providing Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) training through Clyde Marine Training since 2005, but with the move to CTS – a purpose-built centre that provides multiple classrooms, a dedicated deepwater pool, a helicopter underwater escape training (HUET) module and full fire training ground complete with training stack and helideck – the company has significantly upgraded the range of training solutions it can offer. Its STCW courses are accredited by the Marine Coastguard Agency (MCA) and, apart from the courses outlined above, accredited courses aimed specifically at the offshore and oil and gas industries are to follow.
As John Lindie, group marketing manager at Clyde Group, told OSJ in a late January interview, CTS is Scotland’s first dedicated marine and offshore international training centre. “We have been running marine and offshore training courses for some time,” he said. “Many personnel in the offshore sector need to comply with marine and offshore regulations. CTS provides offshore workers with access to both at a single site that is in easy reach of Glasgow Airport and Glasgow city centre and will be especially useful to personnel who are not based near Aberdeen.” Anyone working in the offshore oil and gas industry who needs to visit an offshore installation is required to complete basic safety training courses in offshore survival training, safety inductions, first aid, fire-fighting and emergency response training and safe operation of helidecks.
Mr McMurray said the purpose-built training facility can “match any of the top marine and offshore training centres in Europe”, with accredited maritime training conducted by specially selected trainers. “Soon we will also be offering courses dedicated to the offshore and oil and gas industries,” he explained, noting that the CTS is working with international training standards providers such as OPITO to deliver mandatory safety training for those working on offshore vessels and oil and gas installations.
Mr Lindie told OSJ, “We differ from many other training providers and facilities in a number of ways. Perhaps the key difference is where we are. Offshore workers who are based in the central belt of Scotland – of which there are estimated to be 30,000–40,000 – have had to travel to Aberdeen or down south to undertake training during their time ashore, meaning increased time away from family and increased travel and accommodation costs. Our Glasgow location means that many of these trainees can now travel from home each day for training, or for those who still have travel and accommodation costs, CTS can take care of all that for them.”
A further audit is scheduled to take place in late February in relation to basic safety induction and emergency training, further offshore emergency training and HUET, all with compressed air emergency breathing. “We hope to announce supply of these courses in March/April,” Mr Lindie concluded.