OPITO Wins Award for Assisting Business Growth

OPITO was highly commended at a national awards ceremony which recognizes the role colleges play in helping businesses develop and grow. 

The Aberdeen-headquartered Academy was rewarded at the Business to College Awards at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

The company has won the commendation in the Innovation category for the Transformation Training Program, a scheme run in partnership with Forth Valley Collage to equip engineers with the skills to work in the oil and gas industry. 

Gillian Black, policy affairs director at the Academy said, "This partnership outlines the importance of Government, Forth Valley College and the industry -- through its Academy -- supporting more effective utilization and retention of skills which may otherwise be lost. 

"The role of the Academy is to ensure that we have a wave of people moving into the industry to offset losses generated by the global opportunities it offers. 

"This industry has a need for highly skilled people now and into the future and this model is an efficient way to neatly transfer skills from an area of decline in the economy into an area of growth." 

The Academy developed the Transformation Training Program which was successfully piloted by Forth Valley College in response to redundancies created in the mechanical and engineering sectors within the Falkirk and Grangemouth area due to the recession. 

The program offers individuals with transferable skills the potential to take advantage of a new and exciting career in the offshore industry both here in the UK and internationally, ensuring their skills are re-utilized to the fullest. 

On completion successful candidates receive widely recognized and approved certification accepted by all industry employers.