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Why do we need to invest in knowledge-based Offshore Training?

The Offshore Industry is changing rapidly with fast growth seen in the renewables industry and sweeping changes in technologies. Inevitably, this has also led to a change in corporate strategies and developments. So, what has been the impact of all this on our Offshore workforce?

A larger intellectual gap is growing between more experienced and specialised workforces and the advancing masses. Retirement and fierce competition for retention in specialised skill sets is leading to a recognised need for more knowledge-based training to support the development of transferable skills to broaden industry knowledge and employment scope.

The recent Covid-19 epidemic has also exacerbated the situation, impacting the personnel shortage further with travel restrictions and added vaccination and quarantine requirements. In addition, we are seeing a growing number of qualified personnel from comparable industries looking to move into the Offshore Industry but with no solid pathway in.

Arguably on-the-job experience is the best type of training, yet how is work accessible to individuals who need the experience but don’t yet have it? Knowledge-based training, delivered by accomplished specialists, helps diversify and compliment the already established technical industry certification available.

Comprehensive classroom and virtual based training encourages an open forum with open discussion and exchanging of stories to gain as much knowledge as possible from experienced trainers. Training helps to provide a depth and range of knowledge which can take many years to cultivate through on-the-job training alone. Trained individuals offer the client upskilled personnel with the tools and knowledge needed to work effectively and safely.

We at Offshore Marine People & Academy (OMPA) are a company that, over the past 18 years, has been at the forefront of equipping people with the right skills and knowledge to provide individual personnel the right platform to join client projects in the renewables, oil and gas, telecommunications and marine industries.

We offer training courses such as:

Each of these have been developed with comprehensive industry knowledge at its core.

Accredited by IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology) the Offshore Client Representative course encompasses the entire project lifecycle dealing with both contractual and operational requirements. The course has been designed to fully equip candidates with indispensable expertise needed to fulfil the role and has recently been developed to include Oil and Gas operations.

For those seeking detailed knowledge on the workings of subsea power cables and operations the Understanding Subsea Power Cables course is fully comprehensive covering the life cycle of a subsea power cable from its history and early development, through to operational, storage, laying and seabed protection.

The Introduction to Offshore Wind Renewables programme provides an overview of all aspects of the industry, from how an offshore wind farm transforms from concept, through the planning and permissions stages, to the final construction and operation. Designed for those who work indirectly with renewables or those who have recently moved into the sector, the course provides a better understanding of the industry and its operations.

Unravelling the complexities of the offshore survey process, our Introduction to Offshore Survey course explores systems and techniques used by offshore surveyors.

It’s the ideal course for those with managerial or supervisory responsibilities, with a strong focus on the control and management of offshore surveys.

For companies seeking a competitive edge and to ensure their team have the right skills within a fast paced, expanding industry, OMPA also deliver bespoke training aimed at enhancing team standards and efficiency.

If you are interested in learning more about knowledge-based training opportunities do not hesitate to contact OMPA at or call on +44 (0)844 880 1335.