Cegelec Oil and Gas, based in Ogere, Nigeria, has secured approval from OPITO to deliver mechanical, electrical and instrument training to standards recognised by the oil and gas industry globally.
A unique, not-for-profit organisation, OPITO is wholly owned by the oil and gas industry and responsible for ensuring it has a safe, skilled and competent workforce.
Cegelec Oil and Gas has been initially approved to deliver Mechanical, Electrical and Instrument and Control Level 2 training and expects to conduct additional OPITO-approved courses going forward. The training provider is currently in the process of seeking OPITO accreditation for Process Operations training for production trainees.
Drive towards common safety standards around the world
OPITO Group Chief Executive Officer David Doig said: “This approval marks another move forward for OPITO in the drive towards common safety standards in the industry around the world.
“Africa’s proven oil reserves have grown by nearly 120% in the past 30 years and it’s estimated that at least another 100 billion barrels are yet to be discovered. If the continent’s oil producing countries are expected to meet these targets, they need a highly skilled and safe workforce.”
Global framework for vocational qualifications
Earlier this year, OPITO announced the launch of a global framework for vocational qualifications. The oil and gas skills body has developed global technical standards and a qualifications framework which will meet current and future skills demands and improve competence in the operations and maintenance activities associated with the extraction of hydrocarbons.
Mr Doig added: “In a short space of time, we designed appropriate, industry-specific, valued nationally and globally recognised training that will result in a safe and competent workforce.
“Whether a school leaver in Nigeria or an existing offshore worker in Kuala Lumpur, individuals will now be able to gain qualifications in processing hydrocarbons, electrical and mechanical maintenance and instrumentation and controls which will be recognised by oil and gas companies worldwide.
Adapted from press release by Cecilia Rehn