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Shoreland Training Centre Manager (left) Graeme Wood Oil & Gas Project Development Manager, Redcar & Cleveland College (right)

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Training provider Shoreland NDT Academy is working in partnership with Redcar and Cleveland College to provide non-destructive testing courses to industry students from the UK and around the world.

Shoreland, based on the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate, is to provide an initial six courses, lasting between one and three weeks, before the end of the year, starting next month, in the college’s newly launched Oil and Gas International Training Academy.

Shoreland will provide the tutors and equipment for the courses which will be held at Redcar & Cleveland College.

It is anticipated that many of the students will be from the offshore sector who are up-skilling but also from those seeking a change of career.

“It’s a great thing to have this association with The Oil and Gas International Training Academy, one of only three in the UK. It could attract a slightly different sort of customer, such as an 18-year-old coming out of school or through their connections with companies such as Halliburton or Shell,’’ said Shoreland’s Account Manager Martin Cox.

Shoreland and Redcar & Cleveland College are both members of business development organisationDSCF0583 NOF Energy.

Courses – which include Dye Penetrant Inspection, Ultrasonic Testing, Magnetic Particle Inspection, Welding Inspection and Eddy Current testing – will be for between three and nine students on each course.

One of the roles of non-destructive testing is to check the integrity of metal structures. In the offshore, fabrication or chemical sectors this will often be testing for thickness in the event of corrosion.

“The college has been working with oil and gas companies for more than 20 years and it saw there were a lot of skills gaps and demand and that specific training was needed,’’ said Graeme Wood, the academy’s Oil and Gas Project Development Manager. “With 10% of the North Sea workforce coming from the North East it made sense to expand and set up the oil and gas academy.

“We are looking at all the different energy sources and every element of them. We spoke to Shoreland who seemed very down-to-earth and professional and don’t skimp on quality, so the partnership is extremely beneficial.’’

When the academy is fully established and moved into new premises in September 2017, it expects to be taking some 50 students a week and up to 100 international students over a year.

Caroline Lofthouse, Business Development Manager at NOF Energy said: “It’s encouraging to see this kind of partnership between NOF Energy members. One of the aims of our organisation is to promote collaboration between members for their mutual benefit and to the advantage of the whole sector.’’

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