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The importance of training and knowledge share

The oil and gas industry is an ever evolving environment, with new and updated technologies, processes and regulations coming into place regularly.

To remain up-to-date with these advances and stay on top of best practice, it is imperative that those involved in the sector engage in regular training and knowledge share to retain the high level of skill and competency that is essential throughout the industry. 

Jee Ltd, a leading independent multi-discipline subsea engineering and training firm, recognises that effective training conducted by experienced energy professionals is an investment that can have a significant impact on the individual being trained, the company he or she works for, and the industry as a whole.

Jee has an ongoing commitment to offer the most in-depth and up-to-date training to the energy industry. With a training portfolio developed from its extensive engineering capabilities, the company’s expertise lies in providing integrated services across the whole life-of-field, spending 80% of its time working on engineering projects and 20% of its time teaching industry professionals about them. 

Jee has been training the global oil and gas industry for 20 years, with the company’s portfolio of courses having become the benchmark for excellence in the industry. 

“At Jee, we have created a proven syllabus of training for the oil and gas industry. We firmly believe that for energy companies to reach their full potential, they must establish training strategies which foster and develop employee skills and ultimately drive improved business performance.”

In 2014 the company added seven new courses to its international programme to help ease the global oil and gas skills gap, ranging from one-day entry foundation level, to four-day advanced practitioner level.

“Our courses are developed in-house and taught by highly skilled facilitators with decades of practical experience to draw upon. All courses are designed to enrich the skillset of our delegates, giving them the confidence to tackle the challenges of the oil, gas and renewables sectors.”

Jee has built up a portfolio of 24 subsea engineering courses offered worldwide to assist in the standardisation of engineering knowledge across the global industry, with many being taught in the energy hubs of Houston and Aberdeen.

With all Jee’s tutors trained as course facilitators and coming from the industry as practising engineers with a wealth of experience in the subsea industry, the company has successfully trained more than 6,000 professional engineers to-date, and delivered courses in more than 30 countries.

To further add to this global reach, Jee has expanded its subsea engineering public courses programme, now offering its world-renowned courses in Norway throughout 2015.

The upcoming courses will be held in the state-of-the-art GE Technology Solutions Centre at Dusavik Port, located in the heart of the oil and gas business sector in Stavanger. An extensive range of Jee courses are available throughout the year including: Integrity Management of Subsea Pipelines, Construction of Subsea Pipelines, Subsea Systems, Risers, Umbilicals and Flexibles, Subsea Controls, and Engineering of Flexibles.

“We are continually developing our training programmes to remain up-to-date with industry advances and trends, and open up new course locations to make our training even more accessible. This year we are excited to launch a suite of public courses in Stavanger, held at GE’s impressive purpose-built Technology Solutions Centre.”

The centre showcases GE’s range of technologies across the oil and gas industry, enabling delegates to see scale models or real-life equipment. An innovative 3D model viewed from a multi-floor atrium in the centre of the building depicts the flow of oil and gas as it moves from the well to the subsea production tree, manifold, FPSO/platform and, eventually, to midstream/downstream facilities. Further enhancing delegates’ experience and learning.

“We believe our Norway courses will fill a gap in the market, and provide subsea companies with a range of local, high-calibre training options that previously their employees would have had to travel overseas to experience, further supporting our clients at a time of cost-cutting and budget reviews.”

As an introduction to Jee’s subsea engineering and training services, the company ran a series of free subsea pipeline integrity management seminars for Norwegian businesses in December 2014. These well-attended sessions focused on lessons learnt and best practice that Jee had identified whilst working on integrity management projects. 

The seminars enabled Norwegian companies to find out more about best practice integrity management for subsea pipelines, and gave delegates the opportunity to experience first-hand Jee’s world-renowned training approach, leading to a significant number of bookings onto the official courses.

To fulfil the recent and expected demand of its upcoming training courses, last year Jee recruited a further five new tutors to teach their programmes, bringing the total to 21. The company also recently upgraded its state-of-the-art online training site to accommodate the growing number of delegates and to enhance its online and blended learning offering to the oil, gas and renewables industries.

“The energy industry is calling out for flexible training solutions that can be used as a cost-effective way of training existing and new employees. This investment in our site, based on a ‘Moodle’ learning platform, is part of Jee’s ongoing commitment to provide comprehensive and flexible training programmes.”

Jee is passionate about offering delegates the best learning experience, and recognises the importance of blended learning techniques to maximise learning retention and enrich the Jee training experience. To add value for Jee delegates at every opportunity, the company carefully selects site visits to complement a selection of its courses, offering relevant practical application of the theory learned. Jee’s site visits vary depending on the public course location but you can enjoy a tour of the facilities at companies such as Online Electronics, OneSubsea, Technip, FMC Technologies and Innospection. The site visits present the opportunity to view components normally only visible on the seabed as well as to talk to the technicians, meet engineers and project managers.

“At Jee, our clients needs are always at the forefront of our minds, highlighted through the development of our international course expansion, and investment in our blended learning systems. We offer clients the ability to create a bespoke training programme by choosing from a wide range of Jee’s learning materials which include over 200 course modules, and access to our substantial knowledge library of case-studies, videos, worked examples, assessments and quizzes.”

The additions to the online platform form an integral part of the blended learning programmes that Jee has developed. Blended learning ensures learning deliveries are optimised by selecting the most appropriate delivery method for each learning outcome. For example, a Jee training course may be separated into online learning, self-study, coaching sessions and a tutor-led workshop. 

“At Jee we are dedicated to ensuring new entrants into the sector and experienced workers obtain the highest level of training to support improved business performance as well as individuals’ career development. With the current market conditions, 2015 is looking to be a challenging yet exciting year for Jee and we are looking forward to working with our customers, new and old, to ensure their investment in training is maximised to deliver business results.”

With over 26 years’ experience in delivering whole life-of-field engineering services to the oil, gas and renewables industries, Jee knows that a well-trained workforce contributes significantly to the entire industry, whose successes and failures can have a worldwide impact. Jee’s courses are built on the back of this expertise with all courses written by practising engineers, ensuring content remains current and informative, with real-world case studies. 

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