Clyde Training Solutions are delighted to announce the appointment of Scott Bisset to the position of Operations Manager, and who joins us at an exciting time with the imminent launch of the IWCF Training centres in Glasgow and Aberdeen, and with more exciting announcements in Q3 and Q4 of 2022.
Scott kindly provided us with an insight to his career to date, and also his aspirations for CTS.
Tell us about yourself and your career to date, where are you from and how did you enter the field of training
“I started my career as a diver working in various positions and locations across the world before eventually settling down in Newcastle, England – meeting my wife and starting a family – and opened a Dive centre on the Northeast coast.
“To support the business needs I qualified as a ‘Day Skipper’ and spent 10 years operating the dive centre boats, and during this period I joined the RNLI as volunteer crew working my way up to Helmsman on both the ILB (Inshore Lifeboat) and ALB (All-Weather Lifeboat) at my local station.
“Around 10 years ago I was invited to assist Maersk Training with some boat courses they had running at their Stonehaven facility for a few weeks, which then evolved into an offer of a full-time position as Lead for their Maritime section.
“I spent two wonderful years training FRC (Fast Rescue Craft) and TEMPSC (Totally Enclosed Motor Propelled Survival Craft) crew and coxswains as well as Daughter Craft coxswains, but with my family still based in Newcastle it meant I was commuting weekly.
“As a result, I was offered another position within MT at their Renewables centre in Newcastle. After immersing myself in the GWO (Global Wind Organisation) standards I took on the role as lead for maritime and then eventually site lead at Newcastle covering all aspects of Renewable training.
“An opportunity then arose internally to join MT’s newly created Projects team working with clients globally consult and project manage in the construction and operation of wind renewable training centres. My first project was based in Khaosiung, Taiwan constructing the MTIC (Maritime Technology Innovation Centre) on behalf of the Taiwanese Bureau of Energy which was a 2 year undertaking resulting in the successful opening and operation in January 2021.”
What drew you to this position at CTS and what do you think you’ll bring to the role?
“Although it is a global industry we work in, it is at the same time a ‘small’ industry in the sense that after a few years you get to know the various training companies working within this sector. CTS has for a while now been seen somewhat as a ‘sleeping giant’ in that they are known for having a very good business and personnel foundation and the potential to become a major player within the industry.
“The journey that CTS is undertaking is something that I very much wanted to be part of and when the position of Operations manager was posted at the start of this year I immediately felt my broad wealth of knowledge, experience and understanding of the industry would marry perfectly with the ‘Competency Beyond Compliance’ ethos that John Abate and Kris McDonald have created for CTS.
“From my all my previous roles I bring an insight of the business management side of operating a training centre and understanding of the high service level it takes to be considered a training centre of choice by external clients.”
What would you say is your greatest work achievement to this point?
“There have been many high points but if I was to pick one then I would have to say the completion and opening of the MTIC training centre in Taiwan. The project covered a vast area comprising of nine training buildings, two accommodation hotels and a R&D building.
“During the project we unfortunately entered the period of lock downs of Covid which caused a challenge to ensure the project stayed on track and involved two-week periods of quarantine to get back into Taiwan. I would say that the project taught me that there is always a solution to be found and teamwork is essential.”
You mentioned your previous role as a volunteer with the RNLI, how did this begin?
“Unfortunately, I am no longer active with the RNLI as I was unable to commit the time required due to business travel required in recent years, but I started as a volunteer crewman with the RNLI as a way of giving something back to the maritime industry for the career that it had given me. Within the RNLI, and vessels in general, it is essential to work as a team to ensure the safety of all and as a result to trust every crew member with potentially your life.”
Tell us something about yourself that very few people know?
“I organised a swim to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the 1838 ‘Grace Darling’ rescue by swimming from the Farne Islands where the rescue took place and then back to the mainland, which equates to 5 miles in total, and in doing so became one of the first swimmers to ever complete this crossing.”