Weir Oil & Gas has secured accreditation from Opito, the global skills organisation for the energy industry, to provide occupational training qualifications from the Weir Oil & Gas Centre of Manufacturing and Engineering Excellence in Southern Iraq.

Weir Oil & Gas will now be able to deliver Opito-accredited SCQF Level 4 and 5 occupational training qualifications in basic maintenance practices and maintenance practices for instrument, control, and mechanical operations.

Ronan Le Gloahec, president of Weir Oil & Gas Eastern Hemisphere, said: “Our partnership with Opito will allow us to provide unparalleled local content and training for oil and gas personnel in Iraq, creating a solid and necessary foundation for companies operating in the region to flourish.”

“Iraq’s success as an oil and gas producer will, in part, be reliant on its ability to build a strong local talent pool through ensuring the availability of vocational technical skills in-country that are commensurate with international benchmarks,” said Richard Roberts, Opito’s regional vice president, MEA. “Our collaboration with Weir Oil & Gas is an important step forward in ensuring the delivery of accredited training programs in Iraq and the Middle East and will help safeguard the continued development of a competent energy sector workforce.”