Energy industry skills body, OPITO, has launched a digital delivery of the Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET) at its annual safety and competence conference (OSCC) in Kuala Lumpur.
The online option will now be offered alongside a practical element, as an alternative to classroom based learning. The online modules are completed remotely at a learner’s own pace and location, with only one day required for practical training.
The online training includes the three standards in the suite, Emergency Breathing System (EBS), Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS) and Tropical BOSIET. It is available on all devices including smart phones, desktops, laptops and tablets. The final verification and practical day takes place at an OPITO approved training center.
“We recognize that as an industry we must adapt and be more flexible for today’s workforce and cost constrained industry,” said John McDonald, CEO of OPITO, in an organization statement.
“It requires an overhaul of the way we think about training people and assessing competence. The classroom has been the standard model for learning for hundreds of years, but it’s time to do things differently if we are to keep up with technology and attract the next generation to our industry,” he added.
“The practical and knowledge verification day will always be crucial before giving someone the certification to work offshore, however the transition to more flexible online training delivers far reaching benefits, giving significant time back to employers and participants,” McDonald continued.
Over 150,000 people undertook the 3-day primary emergency response BOSIET training in the last year, according to OPITO. The digital initiative has been backed by global operators and training organizations.