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AESP to reskill energy professionals. Index AR supports Center for Energy Workforce Development. Bentley Education for future infrastructure professionals. CGE Risk e-Learning for IncidentXP. Future Skills Centre EDGE UP trains displaced oil and gas professionals. The IOGP Guidance for subsea source control competency. ISN/RelyOn Nutec train oil and gas workers. LOGIIC selects ISA for cyber certification. NPD DG ‘the petroleum industry represents jobs for the future’. NSF announces Data Science Corps program. Fugro and U Houston collaborate on ‘Data Science for the Energy Transition’.

The US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has selected AESP, the Association of energy services professionals to provide a three-year eLearning program to reskill some 50,000 energy professionals. The free and open program involves ‘virtual reality and AI-driven instruction’ in new grid-interactive energy technologies, a.k.a. demand flexible loads. More from AESP.

Index AR Solutions is to supply the Center for Energy Workforce Development with its interactive eBooks and mobile apps. These will help deliver interactive digital training programs to build a ‘skilled and diverse workforce pipeline’. CEWD is a non-profit consortium of electric, natural gas, nuclear, and renewable energy companies committed to the development of a skilled, diverse energy workforce. Index’ Apprentice Program solutions are used to create multimodal digital curriculums that streamline and replace legacy training materials. More from Index AR.

Bentley Systems has announced the Bentley Education program to encourages the development of future infrastructure professionals for careers in engineering, design, and architecture. The program includes no-cost learning licenses for Bentley infrastructure engineering applications and teaching from the Bentley Education portal. The program is open to students and educators at community colleges, technical institutes, polytechnics, universities, secondary schools, and homeschooled students.

CGE Risk is now providing an e-Learning course for users of its IncidentXP software. This includes two modules, an introduction to learning from incidents and introduction to IncidentXP. More from CGE.

Future Skills Centre is to invest over $5.4 million in an upskilling program with Calgary Economic Development. The EDGE UP* 2.0 program provides training for 320 displaced oil and gas professionals for careers in tech. The program targets professionals displaced from the structural change in the oil and gas sector. Students are trained for in-demand information technology jobs including data analysts, full-stack software developers, information technology project managers, cybersecurity analysts, UI/UX designers, digital marketing and more.

*Energy to Digital Growth Education and Upskilling Project

The IOGP has published a report providing Guidance for Subsea Source Control Competency and Skills a.k.a IOGP-IPIECA Report 591. The report targets response organization leaders and builds on an earlier IOGP Report N° 594, ‘Source control emergency response planning guide for subsea wells’.

ISN, a provider of contractor and supplier information management, and RelyOn Nutec have partnered to provide digital training solutions to the oil and gas industry. ISN can now provide its members with RelyOn Nutec’s safety, training and competency eLearning courses worldwide. RelyOn Nutec provides safety, drilling, fire and technical training for the oil and gas sector globally. ISNetworld, ISN’s online platform of data-driven products and services, helps its customers manage risk and strengthen relationships. More from RelyOn and ISN.

In 2019 the LOGIIC* organization conducted a study to identify training and certification programs that could be delivered to staff located in remote locations throughout the world. Eight ICS cybersecurity training providers were involved in the exercise but ISA was ‘the only company that had training available in an online format’. More from ISA.

* Linking the Oil and Gas Industry to Improve Cybersecurity

In an interview with Norway’s Stavanger Aftenblad newspaper Ingrid Sølvberg, director general of NPD, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate bemoaned the low number of applicants for petroleum-oriented studies. Sølvberg opined that the petroleum industry ‘represents jobs for the future’.’ ‘Oil and gas will be needed for decades, although their share of the energy mix will decline. And these revenues, expertise and technology will ease our transition into the low-emission society. Many of the new industries are based on expertise and technology developed in the petroleum industry’. Examples of the new industries include offshore wind, CCS, offshore mineral extraction and hydrogen production from natural gas. ‘We will continue to develop the Norwegian shelf and create value from petroleum and new, emerging profitable industries. We need motivated and skilled professionals to do this. And we need diverse expertise.’ More from NPD.

A new program from the US National Science Foundation is to expand data science education pathways. The Data Science Corps program, or DSC (a component of NSF’s Harnessing the Data Revolution Big Idea) works with the academic community to bring students and local organizations together to use available data to solve problems. This will address challenges in the community and ‘transform data science education’. One example of the new approach is Purdue University’s ‘Data Mine’, a university-wide community that teaches data science to participating undergraduates from all majors. The HDR DSC National Data Mine Network (awarded to the American Statistical Association) expands this effort to train a cohort of 300 students at dozens of partner institutions across the nation. More from NSF.

Fugro has joined the University of Houston on a collaborative project to advance geo-data science skills in the energy sector. The ‘Data Science for the Energy Transition’ is funded through a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation and will offer undergraduate and master’s students training in statistical and machine learning techniques for subsurface geo-data. Fugro’s role as an industry partner on the project is to provide UH with real-world data and guidance on its use in hands-on training. More from Fugro.

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