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Energy Institute accredits Plant Integrity Management’s graduate training scheme

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The Energy Institute has recently accredited Plant Integrity Management Limited’s (PIM) Corrosion and Integrity Engineering graduate training scheme. The programme, which provides a structured, candidate specific pathway for graduates to achieve Chartered Engineer status was implemented by the Aberdeenshire based company in 2014.

Emily Brown, accreditation manager, Energy Institute, said, “The Energy Institute is pleased to accredit Plant Integrity Management’s graduate training programme. The EI’s Accreditation Panel thought the level of engagement and interaction the organisation has with its trainees and the support they were able to offer to each other was particularly good. PIM clearly has a strong team ethic and provides a supportive working environment to its graduates.”

Roddy Milne, integrity consultant at PIM explained, “Essentially we offer a monitored professional development scheme made up of mentoring, structured learning and on the job training. It encompasses both internal and external training courses. Each individual completes a training needs analysis which is then used to determine their training requirements.

“Our approach means that each person on the training programme follows a personalised pathway which assists and facilitates their learning. They are able to govern the rate at which they undertake the training with an end goal of achieving Chartered Engineer status.

“Achieving Chartered status will typically take a minimum of four years following graduation but this depends on the individual, their approach to achieving this goal and their proactivity,” added Roddy.

As well as having obvious personal and professional development benefits to the individual this also has a positive impact on the business.

Steven Plant, PIM’s managing director commented, “Our training approach allows us to draw from a wider pool of candidates. We don’t have to concentrate on finding applicants with previous experience of working within the oil and gas industry; instead we can consider people who have transferable skills.”

One such example of this is 27-year-old Ewa Papaj. With both a Master of Science and Engineering and a Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Chemical Technology with Anticorrosive Protection Technology speciality, Ewa is one of 11 people currently participating in PIM’s graduate training scheme.

“I specialised in anti-corrosion coatings within the rail industry in Poland. However, I wanted more from my career than that role could offer.” Ewa continued, “I was looking for diversity and opportunities for development, this led me to refocus my career on integrity management within the oil and gas industry. I joined PIM in 2014 as an assistant corrosion engineer and am working towards gaining Chartered status.

“The company’s approach to training is comprehensive and has helped me to make the transition from the rail industry to the oil and gas industry.”

Ewa said, “For me, the regular, internal lunch and learn sessions provide valuable information as well as an industry perspective and sit alongside the external training courses I have attended. The mentoring aspect of the training is also extremely important and provides excellent support especially to people like me who are new to the industry.”

Steven concluded, “Investing in a culture of training and development delivers excellence for the company as well as the individual. This is seen in the competency of the workforce and the resulting quality of work which is delivered to clients.”

Adapted from a press release by David Bizley

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