A group of Middle East-based technicians have been given the opportunity to work in the region thanks to a North-East training provider, The North Echo reported.
The TTE Technical Institute, based in Middlesbrough, has secured a new project with international energy and water company TAQA to provide technical training to technicians from Iraq.
A group of 13 technicians from TAQA’s Atrush Block oil production facility in the Kurdistan region of Iraq are spending three months in the UK at TTE’s fully-equipped training centre in Middlesbrough to develop practical engineering competencies to achieve internationally-recognised qualifications.
The project is also supporting TAQA’s development of women technicians in the Kurdistan region with one member of the group a female process technician.
Within the group are three technicians working towards a qualification in mechanical engineering and three technicians aiming to achieve the PEO Electrical & Instrumentation Level 2 standard.
Working with TTE’s internationally-experienced trainers, the technicians will utilise the training centre’s industry-standard facilities and equipment undertaking a programme of practical, hands-on modules and assessments.
TTE has an established reputation for providing on-site skills and competency assessments for international companies such as TAQA, which is headquartered in Abu Dhabi operating in 11 countries across four continents.
This is one of the first significant contracts TTE has secured since it became a Technical Institute earlier this year. Marking its 30th year in operation, becoming the TTE Technical Institute supports its strategy to increase the export of its services to international markets.
Technical Institutes are globally-acknowledged as centres of vocational training, providing learners with skills, competencies and qualifications to enter or advance a career in industry, which is in keeping with TTE’s existing, comprehensive provision.
Contracts such as this also support the training of young people in the North-East, as TTE gift-aids the surplus revenues generated from its commercial training to support the funding of training for apprentices and young learners from schools and colleges in the region.
Steve Grant, managing director of the TTE Technical Institute, said: “We are very proud to establish this new relationship with such a globally-recognised company as TAQA to support the development of its workforce. This is the first group we have welcomed to TTE from Kurdistan, further extending the reach of the organisation into international markets.
“Exporting our expertise to areas of the world such as West Africa, the Middle East and Asia plays an important role in the training of young people in the North East through the gift-aiding of commercial surpluses into our charity. Increasing our presence in key international markets and securing important projects with companies such as TAQA will generate more opportunities for local young people.”