The Perfect Time for Training

The current oil price decline will offer many companies, both operators and contractors alike, an excellent opportunity to train its personnel in advance of the expected renewed demand surge in the next few years.

Published: 20 January 2009
Reduced crude oil demand will mean a slow down in developments and lower pressure on the project teams which have been ?feeling the heat? in the over-heated marketplace.  So now is the time for training.
 
According to Trond Olsen, general manager of the Norwegian Centre of Expertise Subsea, ?The key factor for competitive advantage is competence.  Even today, without the past years rapid market expansion, every company?s future lay in the competence of the employees and the organisation as a whole?.
 
The general manager of NCE Subsea which is supporting the SUBSEA SYSTEMS ENGINEERING COURSE which will be held for the first time in Norway in Bergen, 3-6 March 2009, commented that ?many companies have neglected competence development in the past few years in order to be able to handle the workload and secure deliveries. Oil price is down considerably causing temporarily slowdown in some projects. That makes perfect conditions for focusing on competence development.?
 
The subsea training course, organised by Subsea Engineering News in the UK and Clarion Technical Services of Houston, has been held in Houston for the past five years and in Aberdeen for the past two.  It comes to Norway in 2009 to meet the surging demand for trained subsea personnel there.
 
The 3.5-day course provides the background on all of the key technologies involved in subsea developments and how they fit together to make a system.  The course includes a half-day site visit, field development exercise and case studies presented by lead lecturer Bil Loth, a 30-year veteran of the offshore and subsea sectors.
 
NCE Subsea?s Olsen believes that training is the key to the future success of Norway?s burgeoning subsea sector.  ?Stay ahead ? acquire knowledge and competence for future development and business opportunities,? he said.
 
For more information on the subsea systems engineering course, contact SEN at sen@btinternet.com or at +44 1242 574027 or by going to the Clarion website, www.clarion.org.
 
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