Oilennium Launches New O&G Learning Systems

Oilennium Ltd., a leading provider of training programs to the international oil and gas industry, announced the launch of an exciting new range of blended learning systems.

Demand for Services Up 600%

"During the past year demand for our global training programs, which are delivered in the classroom and online, has been incredible," said Kevin Keable, Managing Director of Oilennium. "Because we provide customised programs that are available instantaneously online, they’re cost-effective and efficient."

"The Big Crew Change" Triggers Trend

Why is demand so high? For the past 10 years, the energy industry has been moving steadily toward a full-blown employment crisis, "The Big Crew Change." With every passing year, hundreds of highly skilled and experienced crewmembers and managers retire, taking their knowledge with them. "Keen to harvest their knowledge before it’s lost and build up crews staffed by well-trained employees, companies are investing in training like never before, and that’s where we come in," said Keable.

Experienced Oil & Gas Professionals Play Central Role

All training sessions and materials are delivered and developed by seasoned career oil and gas professionals with experience across the full spectrum of industry disciplines, ranging from risk management to drilling engineering, and oilfield maths to compressors. Oilennium harvests their knowledge of the industry to ensure that delegates receive the best in technical and management training.

Oilennium offers learning programs on the oil and gas industry, risk management, human resources software, drilling, safety and equipment operations manuals, among a host of others. Given the global nature of the industry, in addition to English, Oilennium’s programs are available in Russian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Interactive e-learning Dramatically Improves Retention

Until the arrival of the internet, global companies struggled to provide standardized training that was effective. On-site classroom training on its own wasn't cost-effective, while handing a new employee a thick training manual was ineffective at best. But technology has changed all that. Oilennium delegates benefit from in-class training that is further reinforced outside of the classroom where they work through the relevant software program on a PC or a mobile device, such as an Iphone. Some of the modules are stand alone with no need for classroom training.

In the classroom, delegates use the latest audience response equipment to answer questions posed onscreen. Answers are communicated to the system so the trainer can use them to gauge participant retention. "When wrong answers pop up, we revisit the topic. This feedback is an invaluable teaching tool. Plus, the "quiz questions" arise sporadically, keeping participants on their toes," said Keable. "The classroom experience coupled with the follow-up interactive training online produces retention rates that are significantly higher."

Solid Track Record

During the past four years, 700 people have participated in classroom sessions and 20,000 have access to Oilennium's e-learning programmes. Oilennium provides a broad range of learning programs to several corporate clients, including Weatherford International Ltd. Training sessions for Weatherford employees have been delivered in Mexico, Singapore, Houston, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Dubai. Currently, Oilennium is hard at work developing a new learning system for Weatherford drilling engineers that is scheduled to launch in Asia this summer.

Looking ahead, Keable is optimistic. "It's critical. The lack of skills will cripple the industry if we don't do something about it right now. Training is an extremely important aspect of the required employee development process," said Keable "What we are providing is the 'best fit' training for the industry in its current state. Globally, large numbers of staff have access to entertaining training modules. As a result, higher retention rates are achieved, and ultimately safety and financial risks are reduced, which increases the bottom line and long-term improvement."