Scotland’s first graduate training programme for divers launchedNews // May 8, 2013
Scotland’s first graduate training programme for divers has been launched by diver training facility The Underwater Centre and Stork Technical Services.
The Stork Dive Trainee Programme is a three-year work-based training initiative, which will offer a number of newly qualified commercial divers the opportunity to step straight into a job within the oil and gas industry.
The scheme highlights the increasingly close ties The Underwater Centre enjoys with the sector, and is aimed at offering those undertaking diver training an opportunity to gain valuable experience and knowledge of the industry following their initial training.
The initiative comes at a time when the UK is facing a dramatic skills shortage in the oil and gas sector, as well as an ageing population of commercial divers.
Stork will offer four trainee places a year to candidates who successfully complete the 13-week Commercial Diving Premium Industry Career programme at The Underwater Centre.
Representatives of Stork will visit the Centre once a quarter to meet and observe the students before inviting the top three or four to attend an assessment day at its Aberdeen premises, of which one will be chosen.
Successful trainees will spend three years working with Stork at various locations. They will initially start working with dive technicians and be involved in maintaining dive systems, logistics and processes to help familiarisation. They will also work with the onshore dive team and complete around 80-100 days diving offshore.
Annual fixed-term contracts will be available to candidates successfully completing the three-year programme.