A group of Teesside employers in the science industry, led by SABIC UK Petrochemicals, are collaborating to provide process sector apprentices with specialist pipeline connection technical training and competencies.
The group has partnered with TTE as the main training provider and is also working with Flexitallic UK Ltd’s Academy of Joint Integrity, which has a training facility on Teesside, on process safety and joint integrity.
Alongside SABIC in the group are Lotte Chemical, Huntsman, CPI, Chemoxy, Invista, Venator and Cogent Skills.
A programme of training modules, delivered by the Academy at its facility in Riverside Industrial Park, encompass Safety, Flange Assembly – Hand and HydraulicTorque Tightening, which is underpinned by an insight into gasket technology within the process industries.
The Academy is providing this programme as a complementary service after completing a training project for SABIC in recent months.
The Academy offers ECITB/ Energy Institute Certified Training Courses in Flange Assembly and sealing Technology and is a member of various UK and International working groups to ensure latest best practice is integrated into a unique range of modules.
Its training is delivered at various locations and on clients’ sites by qualified training instructors with extensive site experience.
Craig Hargreaves from SABIC who chairs the group said; “All the organisations are aware that joint integrity is key to successful process safety. SABIC has been working with Flexitallic UK Ltd and its Academy of Joint Integrity on a project for its technicians and engineers and welcomes its offer of free training for the apprentice group. This shows the commitment in the area to ensure our assets are safe and that apprentices commence their training with a high level of competence”
Gary Milne, Academy Training Director at the Academy of Joint Integrity, said: “Providing this training to the apprentice group in the unique field of Loss of Containment prevention ensures all the technical standards developed for industry are transferred to future generations of technicians. This will help the apprentices underpin the compliance and competence skills they are gaining for their careers in the process sector.
“The support we have received from TTE and our relationship with SABIC has been really beneficial in the delivery of these skills and competencies.”
Sara Marshall, Director at TTE, said: “It’s very important that apprentices gain industry-standard competencies that can be applied to their future careers and this programme from The Academy of Joint Integrity will help the group when they enter the process industry.”