OPITO, international skills organisation for the energy industry, and Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB), have launched OPITO BOSIET with CA-EBS – [STCW 95/2010 Conversion] standard
This is set to support the transition of marine personnel into the oil and gas industry.
The OPITO BOSIET with CA-EBS – [STCW 95/2010 Conversion] aims to recognise similarities between the BOSIET training requirements for workers travelling to offshore installations and the maritime industry’s STCW95/2010 certification, which offers similar instruction on basic safety and emergency response for marine personnel.
Kris McDonald, training centre manager at Clyde Training Solutions, said, “The OPITO BOSIET with CA-EBS – [STCW 95/2010 Conversion] demonstrates innovative cross-industry collaboration that will benefit marine personnel moving across to the oil and gas sector.”
The new standard provides an efficient way for marine personnel to broaden their career options, by acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to work offshore.
Learners will gain an understanding of the potential hazards and risks involved – including helicopter safety and escape, offshore evacuation, and firefighting and self-rescue; knowledge they can then apply in pursuit of opportunities in the oil and gas industry, and wider energy markets.
John McDonald, CEO, OPITO, said, “As we transition towards a lower carbon future, and as highlighted in our most recent skills landscape report, our success will depend on our ability to collaborate across industries to ensure the availability of a flexible and multi-skilled workforce. That is what our strategic partnership with the MNTB and the introduction of this new standard sets out to achieve, marking an important first step in that direction.”
Kathryn Neilson, director, MNTB, added, “Through our ongoing collaboration with OPITO, we identified the opportunity to create a training programme that will enable marine personnel to more readily bring their skills and experiences to the table in the oil and gas industry.”
The conversion course was piloted in early 2020 at Clyde Training Solutions, with the centre recently achieving OPITO-accreditation for delivering the course to interested learners.