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OSCC2017: Global conference looks at future of safety learning landscape

20 October 2017

New technologies and ways of working are developing all the time and so too are the expectations of the younger employee. At the core of any successful business is the ability to build and retain a skilled and motivated workforce. For some companies, keeping staff feeling fulfilled is proving much more of a challenge in today’s modern 24/7, digital society compared to previous generations.

John McDonald, OPITO chief executive officer
John McDonald, OPITO chief executive officer

Keeping the workforce safe is of course, the top priority for all employers and in a paradigm shift, those working in the energy sector will soon be able to take the classroom part of the industry’s basic survival safety training course on their phones, tablets and pcs for the first time.

According to generations expert Ryan Jenkins, the future longevity of the oil and gas industry hinges on the way it engages, looks after and trains its employees who fall into the millennial age group bracket.

He believes that personnel born between 1982 – 2002, who now make up a large section of the energy sector’s workforce, are only a finger swipe away from seeking out similar careers in adjacent sectors if their career development needs are not acknowledged and met with the tech methods they are accustomed to.

He maintains it’s the organisations which are quick to adopt and embrace digital technologies that offer a stronger pull for millennials. Ryan will be addressing this as part of his keynote presentation at OPITO’s free to attend annual Safety & Competency Conference - OSCC -  in Kuala Lumpur, 8th November (register here:

Under the event’s theme of New Generation New Thinking, former NATO and Royal Navy strategist Andy Fawkes will also be outlining the parallels between the oil and gas sector and the military in terms of the volume of people being trained simultaneously across a variety of roles and environments to prevent incidents. He will also draw parallels with the technologies the military has adopted from other industries such as simulation training originally developed by gaming companies.

With more than 350 delegates and exhibitors from across the globe already signed up for the free event at The Royale Chulan hotel in demonstrates that this is an industry intent on transforming its current approach to ensure its future.

OPITO’s technology-led initiative to transform the way oil and gas workers undertake safety-critical emergency response training is one of the ways we are supporting the sector as it moves towards this more digital landscape.

The digital delivery of the BOSIET suite (Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training) offers an alternative to classroom learning allowing this part to be carried out at any time, from any location and at the trainee’s own pace. It also sees extra time saved through reduced days away from work or home.

The online Standard was supported by more than a dozen industry champions and training provider companies around the world who helped to road-test the course as it was developed over the past year.

It’s OPITO’s intention that this sets a marker in the move toward integrated digital learning and encourages further developments by industry to improve competency and the whole learning experience. A more interactive approach is not only appealing to new entrants, but will help keep training fresh, realistic, interesting and ultimately deliver time saving benefits to everyone in the sector.

Free to attend, OSCC 2017 on 8th November is the only global event focused on safety and competency in the oil and gas industry and is now open for registrations ( The conference attracts delegates and exhibitors from all over the world including the UK, US, Europe, Middle East and AsiaPac.

Author: John McDonald, OPITO chief executive officer

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