International training standards body to build safe and skilled oil and gas workforce in Indonesia


25th November 2015

Every oil and gas worker in Indonesia will now be trained to OPITO standards, helping to improve safety in the region’s oil and gas industry after a landmark agreement was signed in Jakarta recently.

Global oil and gas training standards body, OPITO, has formed an alliance with Badan Nasional Sertifikasi Profesi (BNSP) to build a safe, skilled and qualified Indonesian oil and gas workforce. Together they will promote and standardise training and certification for Indonesian oil and gas workers, making sure they are trained to standards recognised by the global oil and gas industry.

This new partnership will make sure that high quality training is delivered across the region in line with new Indonesian Government Policies.

Leading figures from the government and Indonesian’s oil and gas industry attended the signing ceremony to hear how BNSP and OPITO plan to meet the increasing demand for skilled workers in Indonesia.

The agreement will see OPITO’s standards for training and assessment rolled out within Indonesia in co-operation with the government and the region’s oil and gas industry. OPITO will offer support and guidance to BNSP, ensuring its internationally recognised standards are used among local training providers.

Group chief executive of OPITO, David Doig said: “As the global skills and standards body for the oil and gas industry, we help organisations and governments to build the training and workforce development frameworks that support safety and competence. By working in partnership with BNSP we will help create an infrastructure for the Indonesian oil and gas industry that will deliver the necessary qualifications and technical skills.

“The signing of this agreement takes us one step closer to our vision of common global standards for the oil and gas industry worldwide.”

Sumarna Abdurahman, chairman of BNSP, said: “This is a very important step for us to in developing and harmonising qualifications and standards of competencies and skills for the Indonesian oil and gas, particularly as we enter the ASEAN Economic Community. The signing of this agreementshows our strong commitment to improve the quality of our workforce in oil and gas.”

The agreement with BNSP is the latest in a series of partnerships that OPITO has formed with governments in emerging oil and gas provinces to help build a skilled indigenous oil and gas workforce including Malaysia, Oman and Iraq.

With operations centres in Aberdeen, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Houston, OPITO delivers standards, qualifications and workforce development frameworks which are currently used in 45 countries worldwide.

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