A maritime training firm in the region has signed an agreement to help plug the skills gap in the subsea engineering sector.
Maritime Training and Competence Solutions Ltd (MTCS) will train the next generation of engineers at a new Centre for Subsea Technology Awareness, Training and Education or C-STATE in Teesside. The centre has been developed by Modus Seabed Intervention Ltd in partnership with MTCS, Darlington College, Teesside University, Tees Valley Unlimited and Darlington Borough Council.
The first courses, which range from apprenticeships to higher education and also industry-recognised accredited training, run by MTCS Ltd, are already underway at the Darlington College-based centre. MTCS, which runs monthly ROV induction courses at Windermere as well as in Singapore and Houston, is responsible for marketing and running short courses on technical, electrical and engineering skills and subsea client awareness.
Subsea UK, the industry body, which represents the £8.9bn subsea sector, revealed that British subsea companies need around 16,000 new recruits to help them grow to £11bn and increase the country’s 45% share of a £20bn global market. Trainees will get hands-on access to remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), combined with classroom-based training.
Jake Tompkins of C-STATE said: “C-STATE has been launched as a facility to offer unique access to subsea remotely operated technology.
“The intent is to provide a platform for specialist training and learning delivered by our industry and education partners.
“We hope to be able to create significant opportunities for individuals and companies alike and ultimately bridge the skills gap in an important industrial sector. In terms of location, the Tees Valley is a significant and growing centre for the offshore supply chain.”