Digital learning technologies company Atlas Knowledge Group is partnering with global oil and gas industry skills and workforce development organization OPITO on a dynamic transformation to the way the energy workers undertake safety-critical emergency response training.
The first stage in a long-term, global industry initiative to create a change in training to OPITO Standards through technology-driven innovation, the Digital Standards Integration addresses the sector’s call for regulated, consistent online learning with world-class credibility and compliance.
Atlas is partnering on the digital development of OPITO’s primary emergency response standards and leading on the creation of an access portal to house them which will be accessible by industry via the OPITO website.
The Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET) and Tropical BOSIET will be the first course launched and made available through the digital offering.
At present, the BOSIET/TBOSIET course is divided into 40% of classroom learning and 60% practical training. The digital course will provide an interactive, online alternative to the classroom based element and additional knowledge content.
Delivered in US English, it will be for new entrants and others returning to the industry.
The digital course will be kept refreshed and updated yearly. It will include regional specific legislative content, ensuring the training is relevant and specific, no matter where individuals are working.
Available to learners at any time and from any location where they can access the internet, it will include an ongoing assessment component to better measure an individual’s understanding of the Standard’s learning content and competency in being prepared to travel and work in the oil and gas industry.
The ongoing assessment will require a 100% pass mark in order for learners to progress to the practical session; and the digital Standard will also include short safety oriented videos to help better prepare individuals for what they can expect during the practical sessions.
Atlas Knowledge Group chairman Robert Morgan said: “This is a hugely ambitious project for the industry and one which we are very pleased to be extending our long-standing relationship with OPITO in order to deliver.
“The oil and gas workforce is changing. A new generation of employees behave and learn in a different way and this requires a different kind of engagement. Our global experience and expertise in applying innovative technologies and leaning methodologies to safety-critical sectors will ensure the industry has access to forward-looking, progressive training and a safe, competent workforce for many years to come.”
OPITO Group chief executive David Doig said: “Critical to the market and sought by a number of major employers, the inclusion of a digital element in the OPITO training offering will drive real efficiency in oil and gas industry training, enhance safety and give time back to workers, employers and training organisations through increased flexibility.
“While the technical content of the standards will remain the same, the digital training and technology-led, single platform approach being developed by Atlas is the first stage in what will be a transformational change for the global industry.”
The digital BOSIET and TBOSIET will be available from Summer 2017.