Five benefits of digital oil and gas training

30 January 2020
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The digitisation of the oil and gas industry has been a key enabler of driving down costs and improving efficiencies. Yet, when it comes to training, the sector has been slower to embrace the benefits that digital training offers.

Digital courses provide employers with a way of delivering quality training to large teams around the world. It’s a flexible and more cost-effective way of providing training that can also be easily audited to track learners’ progress.

Here we look at the specific benefits digital training offers the oil and gas sector.

 

1.            Scheduling

With 24-hour operational demands, 365 days of the year, losing part of your workforce for a day or several days while they complete classroom-based training is inefficient.

Digital training fits around operational requirements and can be completed on any wi-fi connected device at a time the suits both the company and the individual.

 

2.            Remote workforce

While providing training to office-based teams is fairly straight forward, ensuring your workforce at the well-site receive the technical training they need to work safely and effectively is not so easy and often results in either extended periods away from operations or training being put on hold.

Online learning solves that problem. Training can be delivered to teams no matter where they are in the world. What’s more, with everyone receiving the same course content, the standard of training across a company can be assured.

 

3.            Cost-effective

Digital training is not only an effective way to deliver continuous and consistently high-quality training to your workforce but it’s more cost-efficient when compared to traditional classroom training too.

As the oil and gas industry becomes ever leaner and more efficient, traditional classroom-based is becoming more difficult to justify. Not only are courses expensive, but they are also limited to a finite number of attendees and often incur additional accommodation and travel expenses. None of which are considerations with a digital oil and gas training platform.

 

4.            High-risk operations

The oil and gas industry undertakes inherently high-risk operations, but as drilling activity continues to increase teams may be at unnecessary risk. As a result of the oil and gas downturn, workers increasingly lack the skills and experience of working alongside a drilling rig putting lives, the environment and assets at risk.

Harnessing the newest technology allows learners to be transported to a virtual wellsite helping to provide critical insights and knowledge to ensure operations are undertaken correctly and key risks are understood.

 

5.            A modern approach

The way people consume and access information in their everyday lives has changed. Heading online is the first port of call most people take regardless of what they’re searching for.

Likewise, people’s expectations for their training have also changed. They want an approach that will be effective, convenient and easy to use.

 

Introducing a digital training platform for your company’s workforce in line with its overarching digital transformation objectives is the modern way to approach training.

A digital platform for technical training, aligned with Oil and Gas UK’s upstream competency guidelines, can provide companies with the ability to provide world-class technical training to their global teams.

The flexible nature of digital learning means training programmes can be tailored to competency requirements while learners’ progress can be tracked and measured.

Compared to traditional classroom learning, a digital platform is the smarter way to deliver training to your oil and gas workforce.

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