A new branch of the Fugro Academy Training Centre has been established in Abu Dhabi. The inauguration ceremony on May 25 was led by Samir Al Gharbi, GASOS general manager, who was presented with a plaque of appreciation by Fugro management.
The new Fugro Academy Training Centre comprises three training suites, an engineering workshop, a simulation suite, a seven-function manipulator trainer and offices. It also has direct access to Fugro’s own quayside and equipment within the base area. Hundreds of Fugro staff from around the world, along with clients requiring specific training, are expected to visit the centre each year.
The Fugro Academy was created in 2006 as a global group-wide standardised training initiative to develop staff and support recruitment. It provides office-based and field staff with both instructor-led practical courses and online hosted e-learning modules on a variety of technical, HSE and business-related topics. To date the Fugro Academy has presented over 1,500 trainer-led courses, training more than 12,000 staff.
“Following the success of the Fugro Academy in Plymouth, which focuses on survey training, we decided to create a subsea training centre, to work in partnership with our UK colleagues,” explains subsea division training manager Darren Walley. “Locating the facility alongside our highly successful ROV training centre here in Abu Dhabi builds on Fugro’s close ties with the United Arab Emirates and brings us the benefits associated with an abundance of local specialist personnel and equipment suppliers.”