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Uplift in demand for onboard rigging and lifting training

Rigging and lifting training has always been a core part of Survivex and AIS Training’s centre portfolios but during COVID-19 there has also been a surge in demand for onboard training in these skills.

With two state-of-the art rigging and lifting training facilities, a comprehensive offering of accredited and bespoke rigging and lifting courses and more than 75,000 delegates training annually, Survivex and AIS Training offer unrivalled expertise in world-class, industry-approved training. This experience carries through to an extensive onboard training portfolio and means both companies also have an outstanding reputation for delivering high quality safety training at the worksite.

OPITO stage 3&4 Rigger Competence Assessments and stage 3&4 Banksman Slinger Competence Assessments can all be undertaken onsite rather than in a training centre and these courses are delivered frequently by Survivex and AIS Training. As well as accredited training delivered onboard, Survivex and AIS Training’s in-house certificates are a popular option for companies looking for bespoke courses.

From beginner level to advanced assessments, Survivex and AIS Training’s in-house onboard training courses
cover the full skills’ range for banksman slingers and riggers and can be tailored to the client’s exact requirements. Both companies have seen an increase in enquiries for these particular courses over the past three months and have recently completed several onboard training projects across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Craig Wilson, Head of Operations for Onboard Training at Survivex, said: “OPITO originally extended certificate renewal dates when a UK-wide lockdown was first announced and as a result many of our clients are experiencing a training backlog. In addition, global travel restrictions have hampered the training process and prevented some people from travelling to physical training centres to renew their skills tickets.

“In these particular circumstances, training people in their own workplace is perfect so it’s no surprise we’ve seen a rise in enquiries around our extensive onboard training offer in the last few months.

“For rigging and lifting, onboard training can be particularly effective as you are working with the actual equipment and environment you use every day. People tend to be very engaged with the training and assessment process and extremely focussed. Being comfortable in their surroundings and knowing the systems and procedures inside out means they are able to concentrate much more closely on the instruction. Onboard you are learning alongside colleagues which can also help with communication and the building of really strong teams.

“All of our onboard instructors have worked in the field themselves so are highly skilled. This provides an added bonus as observing operations in action allows our instructors to act as objective advisors – helping to embed safe working practices and a strong safety culture.

“Despite the pandemic, it is still critical to ensure energy workers are competent. Onboard training is a very flexible and cost-effective way of providing training for personnel without the need to organise multiple travel itineraries to training centres. Essentially you are only paying for the travel of one person – the instructor – who can deliver multiple courses when onboard. Clients who have used our onboard training solution tend to come back again and again. With the current level of interest, it looks like the popularity of onboard training is set to continue long after the pandemic is over.”