Qatargas is the first ever company outside of Europe to have trained up in-house City & Guilds, assurance scheme assessors.
The Ras Laffan Terminal Operations (RLTO) team of Qatargas embarked upon a “Terminal Training Assurance Scheme” in early 2011 which consisted of three stages; Training, On-The-Job Assessment and Examination which then leads to certification by the City & Guilds, UK.
The City & Guilds is one of the oldest certifying authorities in the UK which, through approved training centres such as C-MIST, award approved certificates to candidates who successfully complete their industrial training and on-the-job competency assessment programme.
Commenting on this achievement, Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Qatargas Chief Executive Officer said: “This is a significant achievement made by Qatargas and our RLTO team, which demonstrates our commitment to maintaining the highest international standards, while ensuring that we will have qualified and competent employees to contribute towards the continued success of Qatargas and as now an ‘aproved satellite centre of C-MIST UK’, Qatargas intends to continue the assessment and certification of our employees, to this international level, using our newly accredited in-house certified assessors.”
Industry has recently recognised that training alone does not provide the safe and efficient performance required from its’ employees. The latest approach is competency assurance which not only ensures that employees perform their duties safely but also efficiently and improve productivity.
“Qatargas is leading the way in achieving high standards in training and competency assessment of its employees” said Professor Keith Cornwell, Chairman of C-MIST UK.
Mehdi Laftavi, Chief Executive of C-MIST UK adds: “It has been proven that a good competent employee can easily and safely perform the work of three normal employees”
Following the success in achieving Competent Terminal Operators, Qatargas has started the development of in-house approved Assessors. Trained and assessed by C-MIST UK the in-house Assessors of Qatargas are now certified as “Approved Assessors” by a UK certifying authority. This achievement is the first by an organisation out with the United Kingdom.
Qatargas has been implementing a strategy, for the last three years, to develop technical competence across all disciplines and align with international standards where possible. This prestigious accreditation follows on from the recent accreditation by UK Engineering Institutes of the Qatargas approach to the professional development of their engineers.
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