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OPC has announced a new comprehensive training initiative with a major focus on assisting IOCs and NOCs to develop their personnel in local operating countries throughout the globe. A full programme of training courses will be announced in September 2014 and will cover the disciplines of general upstream management, geophysics, drilling operations, reservoir engineering, commercial and petroleum economics.

Training has been a key service area for OPC since the company’s formation in 1988 and this new investment builds upon the company’s historic expertise in this area. However, OPC has introduced an additional focus on the need for knowledge transfer and local in-country labour development for companies with operations in the Middle East, African and Asian sectors.

Group Business Development Manager David Carney said “In the past our training services have primarily been delivered in Western European and US locations. We have successful partnerships with leading institutions such as Imperial College London and the Institut Français du Pétrole in Paris. Our new initiative will see some new courses delivered from our training base in London but it will very much focus on providing in-country training for our clients operating in countries within the Middle East, African and Asian regions. Our training will play a key part in developing local workforce expertise in-country therefore enabling our clients to achieve quotas established by workforce nationalization programmes.”

With countries such as Oman, Kazakhstan, UAE, Qatar and Ghana recently announcing additional targets for sustainable economic development through the employment of nationals, the onus is on International and National Oil companies to develop HR and training strategies which channel expatriate expertise into knowledge transfer activities rather than operational roles.

Carney adds “Historically OPC has been well respected for providing expatriate expertise to manage geosciences and subsurface engineering projects. All too often in the past the majority of that knowledge disappeared when the OPC completes the project and our personnel return to base. Our focus now is to deliver services and consultancy on an integrated basis which helps our clients to develop long-term in-country knowledge and expertise. Many of our most recent projects have a sizeable requirement for mentoring and training within our scope of work. We have recruited an increased number of native Arabic, French and Russian speakers as staff/consultants and they will be taking an active role in delivering mentoring and training courses in a variety of disciplines in countries throughout the MENA region.”

Most training will be delivered as private bespoke courses in-country and tailored to meet individual client’s needs. In addition a schedule of public courses of the most popular topics will also be held.

To find out more please contact:

Edna Travers
Business Development Manager
Tel: +7 915 434 1347

edna.travers@opc.co.uk