Petrofac wins ECITB Contract

Petrofac Training, which provides training services to the oil and gas industry, has won a two-year contract from the UK-based Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB). Under the GBP 250,000 (US$434,238) contract, Petrofac will provide 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). ECITB chose Petrofac as its training partner to help apprentices meet these requirements.

Petrofac will provide assessment and verification in instrument, electrical, and mechanical disciplines. Assessors and verifiers will provide ongoing 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.

"This contract augments our reputation as a leading safety training provider," said Louise Ferguson, Petrofac's UK/Europe training director. "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."

Ferguson added that the team of 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. Petrofac will assess more than 100 apprentices during the next 24 months.

"I am very much looking forward to working in partnership with Petrofac Training, as they have an excellent reputation in our industry," said Mark Chapman, ECITB's head of training standards and quality. "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."

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