CTS first Centre in the world to offer new OPITO Maritime to Offshore conversion training.

OPITO, the global skills organisation for the energy industry, together with the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB), has launched a new standard to support the transition of marine personnel into the oil and gas industry.

The newly-launched OPITO STCW95/2010 Basic Safety Training Conversion Standard recognises similarities between the training requirements for workers travelling to offshore installations – commonly known as BOSIET – and the maritime industry’s STCW95/2010 certification, which offers similar instruction on basic safety and emergency response for marine personnel.

The maritime sector has always played a key part in offshore operations, but opportunities for personnel to transition between the two industries has been impacted by differing training practices and procedures.

As well as opening up the opportunity for marine personnel to work in the oil and gas industry, and wider energy markets, workers will benefit from a reduction in duplicate training, in addition to benefitting from associated cost and time-efficiencies.

John McDonald, CEO, OPITO, said: “There are many commonalities that already exist between the maritime, and oil and gas sectors; not least the fact that both are fortunate to benefit from a professional, highly-skilled and capable workforce.

“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, said: “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 focus for both our organisations has always been on the provision of quality training and the creation of a safer working environment for those employed across our industries, and this is just the start of a what promises to be a very effective partnership.”

The conversion course was successfully piloted in early 2020 with a group of seven cadets at Clyde Training Solutions, with the centre recently achieving OPITO-accreditation for delivering the course to interested learners.

Kris McDonald, Training Centre Manager at Clyde Training Solutions, said: “The new OPITO STCW95/2010 Basic Safety Training Conversion Standard demonstrates innovative cross-industry collaboration that will benefit marine personnel moving across to the oil and gas sector.

“As a fully-certified international offshore, marine and renewables training centre, we are uniquely placed to deliver a comprehensive, multi-industry training offering, and are proud to have been successfully certified by OPITO as the first training provider in the world to offer this new Training Standard.”

Find out more and book a place on our BOSIET with CA-EBS (STCW 95 / 2010 Conversion)

In addition, CTS are also offering the Maritime to Offshore Conversion Package (BOSIET, MIST and Shoulder Width Measurement).