Weir Oil & Gas first to offer OPITO-accredited training in Iraq

Weir EMEAWeir Oil & Gas has successfully achieved accreditation from OPITO, the global skills organisation for the energy industry, to provide occupational training qualifications from the Weir Oil & Gas Centre of Manufacturing and Engineering Excellence in Southern Iraq

Weir Oil & Gas is the first training provider in Iraq to receive approval to deliver OPITO-accredited SCQF Level 4 and 5 occupational training qualifications in Basic Maintenance Practices and Maintenance Practices for Instrument, Control, and Mechanical Operations. The local delivery of these training programmes will help ensure the availability of an in-country, technically skilled, knowledgeable and safety-conscious workforce.

Weir Oil & Gas provides manufacturing, services, repairs and training to companies using pumps, motors, rotating equipment and more. It is a leading supplier of pressure containment products and services for drilling and production in the oil and gas industry. Over the past three years, Weir Oil & Gas has delivered more than 15,000 combined internal and external training hours, mostly to Iraqi personnel, encompassing classroom-based learning and on-the-job training.

With a constant presence in Iraq since 2014, Weir Oil & Gas has increased its local content through skills development and the structured training of local nationals, focusing on oil and gas services professionals.

The collaboration with OPITO aligns with Weir Oil & Gas’ vision to become a leading provider of oil and gas industry training and skills development in the Middle East, through enhancing the delivery of training to local nationals, and supporting skills development projects in Iraq and Oman for a portfolio of companies that includes major global oil companies.

Ronan Le Gloahec, president of Weir Oil & Gas Eastern Hemisphere, said, “Our partnership with OPITO will allow us to provide unparalleled local content and training for oil and gas personnel in Iraq, creating a solid and necessary foundation for companies operating in the region to flourish.”

Richard Roberts, regional vice-president, MEA of OPITO, said, “Iraq’s success as an oil and gas producer will, in part, be reliant on its ability to build a strong local talent pool through ensuring the availability of vocational technical skills in-country that are commensurate with international benchmarks. Our collaboration with Weir Oil & Gas is an important step forward in ensuring the delivery of accredited training programmes in Iraq and the Middle East and will help safeguard the continued development of a competent energy sector workforce.”

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