Aker Qserv Gains OPITO Approval to Deliver MIST

Aker Qserv has received the OPITO stamp of approval to deliver key industry safety and training standards as part of a course which helps open up the oil and gas industry to skilled engineers looking for a career move from other industries.

The specialist well intervention, process and pipeline services company has won accreditation to deliver the Minimum Industry Training Standards (MIST) as part of its multi service technician program.

An eight-week competency based scheme, it allows students with a mechanical background to gain vital classroom and hands-on experience of the equipment and tools used by Aker Qserv in providing the best solutions to clients.

The award makes Aker Qserv one of only a handful of companies worldwide to be approved to deliver the MIST course.

Director Ciaran Dreelan said, "Achieving OPITO accreditation is a significant achievement and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to training and developing the next generation of skilled and competent operational oil and gas personnel.

"We understand that people are central to our success. By ensuring all our employees are competent to do their job we can deliver a safe, efficient, and quality service. Our multi service technician course offers a unique route into the industry for those who may not otherwise have the opportunity and being able to deliver MIST as part of that training will help ensure our trainees can become valuable assets to the industry."

Driven by the industry's commitment to continually improve safety, MIST was introduced across the UK last year. It ensures that trainees have the necessary safety awareness and training to avoid risk and ultimately incidents. It covers nine basic safety elements, including the core topics of risk assessment and permit to work, with new key safety awareness centered on mechanical lifting and platform integrity.

Jim Cameron, standards and approvals director at OPITO, said, "Following a rigorous audit process we are delighted that Aker Qserv has attained approval to deliver MIST to their own employees as part of this overall training package for the industry. The introduction of fresh entrants to the oil and gas sector is vital to ensuring we have a safe, skilled and competent workforce both now and in the future."