The Underwater Centre has launched a new model for increasing workforce competency in the ROV industry, which uses a realistic offshore instruction environment.
Steve Ham, Commercial Director of The Underwater Centre, unveiled the model at the Subsea UK ROV conference, Aberdeen, UK. Ham told the conference that the aim of the industry-led solution is to address the looming skills and personnel shortage by offering both basic and advanced training to a greater number of workers, consequently shortening the time to reach senior roles.
The new model has seen The Underwater Centre set up and deliver the training, with significant input from industry. It represents a complete change in the approach to training and consequently the opportunities open to personnel development within the industry in the future. The work class ROV operations training gives personnel thorough preparation and experience in essential aspects of work class ROV practice, offering the building blocks to improve safety and efficiency of staff and agency personnel.
The Underwater Centre received support from the subsea industry and a number of companies - including Technip, Subsea 7, Fugro, Forum Subsea Technologies, FMC Schilling Robotics, Lawson Engineers Ltd, Digital Edge Subsea, Kongsberg and, more recently, Valeport – have been instrumental in developing the training syllabus, as well as donating equipment.
Ham said: “The new contextual training we are offering in conjunction with industry signifies a paradigm shift in the way we deliver our courses, and includes theoretical and practical instruction on board our work class ROV support vessel – Loch Sunart - in a realistic marine environment […] The new programme has been developed with a modular approach, covering topics such as ROV maintenance and operations, tooling, electrical and electronic systems, high voltage, working at heights, fibre optics and OTDR (Optical Time Domain Reflectometer), and hydraulics. The training is also staged to address the training needs of new entrants, as well as established and experienced personnel. This approach allows training to fit with companies’ existing competence development programmes.”
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock