Representatives from Saudi’s oil and gas sector launched the latest SPSP, the Construction and Drilling Training Centre, to provide training solutions specific to the oil and gas industries.
The centre is the fourth Saudi Petroleum Services Polytechnics (SPSP) to be opened in the Kingdom, with the original SPSP campus also located in Dammam, and other centres in Al Khafji and Rabigh. TQ will supply the new centre with all academic and support services.
The facility has a purpose-built training area complete with vessels, pipe-work and structures all designed for future riggers, scaffolders and heavy machinery operators to practice new skills in a realistic and safely controlled environment.
Pearson’s managing director for the region, Karim Daoud, said the new centre should help meet the growing demand in Saudi Arabia for workers with a vocational qualification relevant to the petro-chemical sector, and help young people find employment.
“The new Dammam Centre has been welcomed by leading oil and gas organisations because they see it as part of the broader solution of reducing the skills gap and producing profitable, efficient businesses,” Daoud explained.
The SPSP are a joint initiative of the Saudi Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation and Chevron, Saudi Arabia, Aramco Gulf Operations Company and Saudi Aramco.