Fast pace of growth continues at The Underwater CentreTraining // August 1, 2013
Fort William, UK-based subsea training and trials facility The Underwater Centre has seen a 25 per cent increase in the number of students through its doors in 2012, with the number set to increase even further by the end of 2013.
There was also a rise in the number of international students training at the Centre, with graduates from countries including Angola, Australia and Iran attributing the quality of the courses, staff and the replication of real working environments as the main factors for choosing to train there.
A total of 384 students passed through the Centre’s doors in 2012, more than a 25 per cent increase on the figures from 2011. The figures for 2013 look set to surpass that with 391 students having already completed or booked on to courses by the end of the year.
The number of international students also rose between 2011 and 2012, with the figures rising from 167 to 184, accounting for almost half of the total number of graduates.
Steve Ham, The Underwater Centre’s General Manager, believes the rise in the number of students coming to train follows a period of growth in the oil and gas industry, which he hopes is set to continue.
He said: “It is really important to us to be able to cater well to the large number of students that we deliver training to from across the globe. We try to be as culturally sympathetic as possible and cater for special dietary needs, specific religious observance and of course language challenges. We can deliver our courses in many languages – we’ve recently delivered courses in Russian and provided additional support to Spanish-speaking students.”
The Underwater Centre also delivers a number of other subsea training courses, such as Remotely Operated Vehicle pilot technician training, as well as the internationally-recognised HSE air and mixed gas commercial diving courses, which are all designed to equip students with the skills they will need to succeed in their careers.