“We are thrilled to welcome the first class of CETOP 2 participants next month. Finally, we are able to offer this certification in our home region”, says Jarl Erik Hageland, Principal at Sørlandet Maritime High School.
“It has never been more important to maintain and strengthen the competency this region has to offer. Oil technology industries are experiencing a dramatic downturn. This offers a window of opportunity to make sure we do not lose important and critical expertise, and indeed enables us to strengthen the existing workforce in order to be on top as the industry blooms again”, says Hageland.
Employees at various NODE companies have traditionally travelled to Geilo or other locations to undergo the training program, which comprises 4-6 weeklong courses spread out over a 12-month-period.
“Being able to offer this certification in our region saves NODE companies time and money whilst the participants are offered specially designed courses involving the drilling bay products like offshore crane and subsea cranes, amongst others. Hopefully it will make it easier and more interesting for people to be CETOP 2 certified”, says Hageland.
The first CETOP 2 class is launched on April 4, consisting of five days at school in Kristiansand, from 8am to 4pm. Two skilled instructors will guide a maximum of 16 students through theory and lab exercises, whilst MS Sjøkurs will provide lunch to the participants, who will be joining the captain aboard.
Sørlandet Maritime High School has been approved by the HPF (Hydraulikk – Pneumatikk Foreningen) to run the European standard certification program, and GCE NODE has played a role in establishing the program in the region.
“This is an important competency building effort. We congratulate Sørlandet Maritime High School with the approval and look forward to seeing many NODE company employees back at school”, says Project Manager Bjørn Saltermark at GCE NODE.