Following on from December’s announcement that Clyde Training Solutions (CTS) had become the 200th firm across the world to achieve OPITO Training Centre approval, we are delighted to announce that after an on-site audit CTS has been successfully certified by the skills organisation for the oil and gas industry to carry out BOSIET, FOET and HUET related training.
Based on the banks of the River Clyde in Clydebank on the outskirts of Glasgow, CTS will become the first training centre in Scotland outside of Aberdeen to provide this mandatory and essential safety training for offshore personnel, with courses tailored to fit the regulations for workers in the UK / North Sea but also internationally.
Clyde Training Solutions’ director Colin McMurray stated: “We are delighted to receive this recognition from OPITO, and look forward to the courses beginning in earnest.
“This approval marks the end of the first chapter in creating this unique centre which provides both marine and offshore training, but we won’t be resting on our laurels as we hope to announce further expansion of the centre in the near future.
“There has already been significant interest from individual delegates looking to fulfil their offshore safety training at our centre, and we believe this justifies our decision to build in Glasgow.
“For too long, tens of thousands of Oil & Gas workers based in the central belt have had to travel to Aberdeen or down south to undertake this training, not only adding to their costs, but depriving them of even more time with their family.
“In addition to providing an option closer to home for these workers, we also hope that by building this state-of-the-art facility and investing heavily in highly qualified trainers, we are demonstrating our support and belief in the Oil & Gas sector which is showing encouraging signs of moving back towards sustainable growth.”
Clyde Training Solutions’ dedicated maritime and offshore training centre offers multiple classrooms, dedicated deep-water pool, HUET (Helicopter Underwater Escape Training module), and full fire training ground complete with training stack and helideck, all within easy reach of Glasgow Airport and Glasgow city centre.
Clyde Marine Training are delighted to announce that through our cadets we will be partnering with charitable organisation Friends of TS Queen Mary during the restoration of this iconic ship. Friends of the Queen Mary plan to restore the vessel and bring her back to the Clyde, ultimately having her berthed on the Clyde and operating as a maritime museum, restaurant and venue. A large number of our cadets have volunteered to provide labour for the restoration and will be working on the vessel over the coming weeks.
On Friday 17th February 6 Clyde Marine Training cadets, alongside Operations Manager Katy Womersley, and Training Officers Ruth Scott and Nicola Arnott, visited the TS Queen Mary to welcome First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to the vessel. The First Minister was given a tour of the vessel and had the opportunity to speak with the cadets about their involvement in the project.
This is a fantastic opportunity for our cadets and a great project for them to be involved in. It will be a unique opportunity for the cadets to learn first-hand about the craftsmanship and engineering which went into 1930s Clyde-built vessels and we look forward to seeing the work progress.
Clyde Training Solutions has become the 200th company across the world to achieve OPITO industry approval to roll out an essential induction programme to enhance the safety of offshore workers.
The business has achieved the OPITO standard for delivering the body’s Minimum Industry Training Standard (MIST). Holding the MIST certificate gives workers the confidence that all their peers share the same level of safety training offshore.
OPITO, a not-for-profit organisation, is wholly owned by the oil and gas industry. Its aim is to deliver common standards to the global workforce which improve safety and competency.
Clyde Training Solutions’ director Colin McMurray said: “We are honoured and delighted to become the 200th OPITO-approved training centre.
“Our dedicated maritime and offshore training centre is the first of its type in Scotland, outside of the Aberdeen area, to hold this accreditation, and is testament to all the hard work our highly skilled team has invested since we first opened our doors six months ago.
“And we are also delighted to confirm that the next stage of accreditation relating to BOSIET, FOET and HUET training courses is also imminent, with an OPITO audit scheduled for late Feb 2017."
OPITO UK managing director John McDonald added: “This is very good news for the entire sector. Every worker has the right to go to work and return home safely.
“With there now being 200 training provider centres across the world able to deliver OPITO approved qualifications, we’ve turned a huge corner to ensuring the workforce receive the same high standard of training and in turn help build a sustainable and competent workforce for today and tomorrow.
“Congratulations to Clyde Training Solutions for helping the sector to reach this important milestone.”
Clyde Training Solutions’ dedicated maritime and offshore training centre offers multiple classrooms, dedicated deep-water pool, HUET (Helicopter Underwater Escape Training module), and full fire training ground complete with training stack and helideck.
Clyde Marine Training were delighted to attend South Shields Marine School’s Open day on Saturday 4th February, and having the chance to speak with potential candidates and inquisitive family members regarding a career at sea!
Training Officers Chris & Aidan were busy chatting with applicants from all over Tyne and Wear alongside our Deck, Engine and ETO Cadets who are currently completing their cadetships through Clyde Marine Training.
South Shields opened up their simulators, classrooms and workshop halls to all guests allowing potential applicants to get a real idea of what studying at the marine school would be like.
A great day was had by all and we look forward to attending next year.
Our Training Officers have a busy schedule ahead this week travelling the length of the UK to attend careers events and welcome our brand new cadets to Clyde Marine Training.
Training Officers Ruth, Chris & Aidan are excited to attend South Shields Marine School’s annual Open day on Saturday 4th February, whilst Nicola and Christopher head north to attend a careers event in Dornoch alongside Northlink Ferries. These are both fantastic opportunities to head down to our stand and find out firsthand what a career at sea entails as well as grabbing an information pack with all of our course details.
We'd also like to offer a huge welcome to all of our new cadets starting on the Deck Officer course on Monday 30th January...best of luck on your journey ahead to what we are sure will be a fantastic career!