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“The oil and gas industry is facing tough skills challenges, the scale of which go beyond the capabilities of traditional, face-to-face training methods alone.

Technology has a critical role to play in making training scalable to address these problems,but there have been doubts in the past about the effectiveness of e-learning solutions. Now, however, with solid evidence of positive business impact and growing rates of adoption across industry, technology-enabled learning offers real benefits for the sector.

A recent study by OPITO and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) found that more than half of firms in the sector identify skill shortages as their ‘number one challenge’, with technical skills such as engineering a particular area of concern.

Skills gaps are common across the whole of global business, but the particular characteristics of the oil and gas workforce make the sector’s problems particularly urgent. Prominent among these is the so-called ‘big crew change’, where experienced older staff retire en-masse, leaving a hole that must be filled. Recruitment has been on the rise in recent years, and with analysts finding increasing optimism about the prospects for growth, there is undoubtedly now more training to do than there are trainers to do it.

Another important characteristic of the oil and gas workforce is its highly globalised and transient character. This means that work teams will typically contain members from a wide variety of territories and company backgrounds, who will have received training of an equally varied nature and standard. This drives the need for a greater standardisation of knowledge and training regimes in both technical and HSE fields.” – youroilsoftwarenews

What does the future hold?

When you pair systems like Google glass, smart phones, tablets and wearable tech (think: smart-watches) with well-designed software, the potential for training and live assistance become extraordinary. As an employer you can track progress, monitor work and analyse individuals’ data more efficiently. In fact, the possibilities only end with your imagination. For instance: you can integrate reward systems, monitor health and safety, and even provide a space for people to share information about their mood or well-being.

We think: data is king. The more you have, the more efficient and cost effective you can be.