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Developing a fit-for-purpose competence assurance system

A major drilling company was missing out on important development projects and omitted from the tender process due to a lack of its ability to demonstrate a system of assuring workforce competence sufficient to comply with UK safety case legislation.

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The challenge

A major drilling company was missing out on important development projects and omitted from the tender process due to a lack of its ability to demonstrate a system of assuring workforce competence sufficient to comply with UK safety case legislation. Internally the company did not have structured process for measuring the application of skills, knowledge and experience of operations personnel working safety critical roles, which resulted in submitting non-compliant materials to their client and regulators. Therefore, there was a significant upside in developing a bespoke and fit-for-purpose competence assurance system and a structured approach to competence management.

The solution

Engaging with technical authorities (on/offshore) to develop job role competencies, defining skills and knowledge requirements.

A quality, robust and fit-for-purpose competence framework which accurately reflects business needs and regulatory requirements.

Bespoke competence procedure, assessment strategy and overarching policy statement reflecting  recognised good practise, developed to underpin a fully sustainable competence assurance process.  

Structured programme of accredited assessor and internal verifier training for first and second line supervision.

Fully supported implementation through facilitated roll-out sessions to key stakeholders and provision of experienced assessors to embed the process into the offshore operating culture.

The outcome

  • Compliance with client and regulatory requirements
  • Increased transparency of competence levels across workforce
  • Greater efficiency in planning resource allocation
  • Reduced training spend with a focused approach to training needs
  • Improved market position
  • Competence system compliant with industry recognised best practise