This year the Caspian Technical Training Centre (CTTC) in Sangachal celebrates the 10th anniversary of its successful operation. The centre was opened in May 2004 by BP and its partners in Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG), Shah Deniz, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) and South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) projects. CTTC is a world class technical training facility which was established to meet the technician training requirements of all the projects operated by BP in the Caspian region. It provides a unique service to BP and its co-ventures in our pursuit of greater employee nationalization in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.
CTTC runs a comprehensive training program, which goes beyond the traditional approach to operations capability training and accelerates learning via concentration of skills based technical training using specific experimental and “hands-on” training equipment. For ten years, it has been providing high-quality competency based training to a very high international standard..The centre has been internationally accredited by City and Guilds, OPITO and JTL. On a daily basis, the facility provides professional training for over 300 technicians in Azerbaijan. This is in line with BP-operated projects’ targets for a competent national workforce in onshore and offshore operations. The centre has unique training facilities such as:
- An experiential learning simulator with a drilling control room. It is used to train drillers to safely and efficiently operate the modern drilling equipment on the new platforms in the Caspian
- A unique operations training plant. It offers technicians a complete experience in starting up and operating plants in a safe environment
- A large and fully equipped workshop with specific equipment extensively used within the oil and gas industry.
- Modern, comfortable classrooms with both physical and virtual equipment for production and drilling training
The training programme is run by a specialist leading global technical provider - TTE-Petrofac. The Foundation Programme is the basic entry level entry level course in the four different disciplines: Electrical, Instrumentation, Mechanical and Operations. The length of the programme is 18 month, with quarterly intakes a capacity of 120 students a year. Each facet of the program addresses a specific technician performance issue – Technical Competency, HSSE, Language, Communication and Business behavioural Skills Since its opening in 2004 over 900 technicians have graduated from its Foundation programme, all globally-recognized as top operations professionals. In 2013, around 143 technicians were deployed to onshore and offshore assets after graduation. Summarizing achievements of 10 years we can confidently say that CTTC:
- has served as a valuable asset supplying our day-to-day operations with a pool of highly-qualified national technicians who have been running our facilities safely and efficiently.
- has accelerated high class learning through its concentration on skill-based training.
- has created a large pool of skilled oil and gas sector technicians in Azerbaijan in a comparatively short period – all trained to international standards.
- and has given us a platform from which to press the case for higher training standards across the entire regional energy sector.
There are a number of senior level professionals working for us who have been trained in the CTTC. That is a measure of its huge impact and achievement in its ten-year life.