UK provider brings specialist training services to region

Technical Training Group (TTE) has responded to the region’s skills shortfall with the opening of an office in Dubai Knowledge Village.

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By  David Ingham Published  November 1, 2006

Technical Training Group (TTE) has responded to the region’s skills shortfall with the opening of an office in Dubai Knowledge Village. TTE is one of the UK’s major technical training providers in the oil and gas, process and engineering sectors. TTE provides training in the form of hands-on practical courses of 3-5 days duration. These can be carried out on request for specific oil & gas operators, or courses can be kept open for general attendance. A range of accreditations are available, including IOSH, NVQ and Btech. Peter Jackson, strategic development director, TTE, told O&G ME that the provider could potentially train hundreds of people in the region over the next year, both nationals and expatriates. “Over the past few years, Technical Training Group has increasingly moved towards delivering training to the upstream oil and gas sector, specifically to the international market,” said Jackson. “This has been based around TTE’s capability to work with key partners to deliver internationally-recognised competency based training solutions to countries where more skilled technicians and graduates are desperately required, particularly in those countries where there is a developing localisation agenda.” TTE says it regularly receives requests to deliver training and consultancy services in Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Opening a regional office will allow it to strengthen existing relationships and bring it closer to potential customers and partners. Jackson says one of his key objectives is to work with operators that are looking to build up their own in-house training facilities. “In previous years, operators would send their people abroad to receive training,” Jackson told Oil & Gas Middle East. “But increasingly, they are going to end up developing their own training facilities. TTE will rely to some extent on its UK colleagues to help provide training services, but Jackson hopes to have a base of tutors on the ground in the region. “Initially this international training base will be the ‘hub’ for activities across the Gulf region, with several people being based in this office within the first 12 months of operation,” said Jackson. “The intention is to also recruit associates as trainers and consultants from further afield than the UK in order to more easily service this region.” TTE is a non-profit organisation whose surplus revenues are used to provide technical apprenticeships to young people in the UK.

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