Lloyd's Register Discusses Technology, Millennials at New Training Center
Peter Kershaw led visitors through the 36,000 square feet of Lloyd’s Register (LR) Training Center during the Open House Wednesday afternoon. The training center, which includes four classrooms and a 10,000-square-foot workshop, has been in operation since January 2014 and offers training with an emphasis on safety and performance.
Kershaw, training manager, Americas for Lloyd’s Register Energy – Drilling, emphasized the company’s focus on learning from failures and mistakes. There is a timeline of the oil and gas industry painted on a wall in the hallway of the training center showcasing significant moments – both good and bad – in the industry’s history. In the workshop, students learn via hands-on training. For example, students are able to take apart and put together Blowout Preventers (BOP) and there are also BOPs on display that are eroded and damaged to aid in learning.
“When something goes wrong [with equipment], you know what to look for,” Kershaw told Rigzone. “That’s how you learn.”
Kershaw, who has 38 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, said the current downturn has affected Lloyd’s Register, but that it’s understandable.
“When you run a one-year training course for subsea engineers, it’s hard for companies to invest in something for 12 months in the future,” he said. “The problem is we came into this recession in the industry already knowing we were short of [workers]. Now we’re going to come out of it with twice as many [workers] short.”
In addition to LR’s focus on safety, the company prides itself on bolstering new technology.
“Since we have the [Lloyd’s Register Foundation], we have the ability to invest in future technology,” said Kershaw. “We have the ability to go to the foundation [board] and bring forth ideas for innovation. It’s not a money issue. If it’s a good idea, and we think it’s worthwhile, then we can go for it.”
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