INTERVIEWEE: GLENN HARDIN, GENERAL MANAGER, TAKATUF PETROFAC OMAN
Tell me about your training program.
Takatuf Petrofac Oman (TPO) provides world-class, internationally accredited vocational training programmes up to Level 3 Diploma. We apply an innovative approach to fast-track competency development to augment and assure the skills of oil and gas technicians who will go on to support the oil and gas industry.
We have been working collaboratively with the industry to design and provide modern, high-quality training for our students. TPO is quite unique in that our training courses comprise a mix of classroom-based theory, supported by digital curriculum, computer based training and immersive, practical learning.
The practical training is undertaken on four impressive and purposebuilt process training plants which have been designed and built by Petrofac to the same industrial standards as actual hydrocarbon facilities. This creates a risk free, immersive environment which enables students to get practical, hands-on experience working on plant operations, including failures and shut-downs, which is otherwise difficult to replicate on site.
How many students are currently in training?
Since opening the centre in April 2018, we have enrolled 192 students from companies including BP, Salalah Methanol Company, OMIFCO, OTTCO, Oman Oil Company Exploration & Production (OOCEP), Vale and Oman Gas Company. TPO is designed to operate just like the facilities our students will go on to support and has two ‘shifts’ so we can increase our capacity to over 600 students at any one time, and this also reflects the working models that our students will encounter at site.
What challenges did you face while setting up the training centre?
Takatuf and Petrofac jointly invested in the development of TPO to create an industry leading centre. We agreed upon a challenging project execution timeframe in order to achieve our goal of having our first student intake occur in April 2018. Through rigorous planning, our experienced team successfully delivered TPO ahead of our scheduled first intake of students.
Why are you participating at ADIPEC this year?
We will be attending the show to engage with the industry about what TPO has to offer. As a new start-up business, we are featured within Petrofac’s stand this year (Hall 9 Stand 9210) and visitors will be able to experience what TPO is all about through a highly interactive experience including an example of how we are using augmented reality training techniques at TPO.
What are your growth and development plans for 2019?
Our primary focus for 2019 is to increase student capacity to over
700 and to introduce short course programmes to enhance the skillset of current industry professionals. We will continue to innovate and introduce additional courses and integrate new technologies where appropriate.
How does your training prepare youth for the reality of working in this industry?
All of TPO’S technical vocational training programmes provide immersive 70% hands-on training experience which replicates working environments with strict adherence to HSE practices, in order to provide the most comprehensive, true to life training possible. Our integration of elearning and augmented reality technologies allows us to engage the next generation whilst training them to be mobilised on site in an expedited yet safe manner.
Why is it important for local youth to receive such training?
We are supporting the Sultanate of Oman’s vision to secure a skilled, competent and job-ready workforce for the energy industry. Such training programmes are strategically important for the economic future of GCC countries. Governments in the region are committed to developing programmes to provide the industry with a pool of skilled young workers.
TPO will ensure that all of its graduates meet these criteria and, in doing so, TPO will fulfil its mission in supporting the future workforce demands of the industry.