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Scottish oil & gas training push looks overseas

20 October 2009

Scottish universities colleges and training providers are set to benefit from international business as the International Energy Skills and Training Alliance (IESTA), supported by Scottish Enterprise, embarks on an ambitious new drive. The internationalisation push will be spearheaded by the Alliance’s newly-appointed chief executive, Helen Tulloch and new chairman, Neil Harkin.

Neil Harkin and Helen Tulloch
Neil Harkin and Helen Tulloch

Helen Tulloch, formerly of En-ergise and ITF, has almost 20 years business development experience and more than 30 years experience in the oil and gas industry in the UK and overseas. She will be responsible for promoting the alliance to global companies looking to access oil and gas industry training in areas such as health abd safety, IT, engineering and project management.

Neil Harkin, director of Learn IT, has taken up the role of chairman of IESTA which now represents a network of 14 training and education providers after new members – 2020 Business Insight, Enterprise Ways and Macdonald Energy – joined in recent months.

Tulloch said: “With membership now representing some of the best energy sector training on offer anywhere in the world, the time is right to aggressively pursue new opportunities for these organisations and actively promote Scotland as a leader in skills development for the energy industry.

“As the Scottish oil and gas industry has developed, a world-class training and education offering has grown up alongside it. This training portfolio, like the North Sea industry it serves, has earned a reputation for technological excellence, best practice and the highest operational and HSE standards.

“This expertise presents a compelling proposition for global companies, particularly in emerging markets and IESTA’s aim is for our education and training providers to win significant international marketshare. Under the umbrella of the alliance they will be able to access opportunities that they would be unable to on their own. Through collaboration in this way, they can bid for bigger contracts.”

IESTA is seeking new members to join the alliance to broaden the range of training on offer. To become a member, organisations must be Scottish, capable of delivering overseas and demonstrate proven high standards of training and education excellence.


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