WITH military numbers being slashed in the UK, a technical training provider is re-engineering ex-armed forces personnel for roles in the buoyant oil and gas industry.
Middlesbrough-based TTE Technical Training Group is helping oil and gas service provider Wood Group PSN address the industry- wide skills shortage.
TTE is providing a series of residential programmes in instrument, electrical and mechanical disciplines, which support nationally accredited qualifications within a plant-based training environment.
The programmes combine knowledge and practical skills with 80% delivered in TTE’s industry standard workshops and 20% in the classroom.
This new contract with Wood Group follows on from a pilot agreement with the company in 2011 when a group of 11 instrument technicians from the armed forces completed the programme at TTE.
They were then successfully deployed onto oil and gas installations by Wood Group.
Steve Grant, managing director of the TTE Technical Training Group, said: “We are very pleased to continue working with Wood Group PSN on the re-engineering of ex-forces and other technical personnel following our initial project with the company at the end of 2011.
“Wood Group PSN has taken a pro-active approach to addressing the skills challenges of the oil and gas industry. It has identified the armed forces as a key resource in can tap into to recruit and train individuals who can become valuable members of the workforce.
“The armed forces is facing quite a significant reduction in personnel, which does present an opportunity for engineering-based businesses.
“Ex-forces personnel bring tremendous benefits to employers, not only with any existing trade skills, but with their attitude and commitment.” TTE is renowned for delivering technical training for the up-skilling or re-skilling of technicians for the oil and gas, manufacturing and process industries. It has carried out similar re-skilling programmes in the past for companies including Petrofac and Shell.