PetroSkills has launched the Drilling Operations Accelerated Development Program, initially focusing on entry-level staff. For drilling contractors with training programs already in place, the curriculum is designed to enhance, not replace, those programs, according to the company. Classes are designed to systematically train each employee in his/her current job and help individuals accelerate through the ranks, from floorman to drilling supervisor.
“Hiring and retaining the right entry-level staff is a major pain point for drilling contractors,” said Marc Summers, vice president of accelerated development programs at PetroSkills. “We’re significantly elevating the training of entry-level employees, along with certain mid-level staff. It’s what drilling contractors want because it positively impacts their bottom line.”
Reviews of certain incidents from 2006-2010 by the National Institute for Occupational Health show the financial impact of injuries on drilling equipment operators. In one incident, a large contractor’s direct and indirect cost for each lost-workday case was estimated at $1.2 million, according to PetroSkills.
“Industry statistics confirm what we all know, that staff with less than six months of work experience are most at risk because of their lack of experience,” Mr Summers said. “Our training program for entry-level employees is specifically designed to reduce injuries while delivering the skills required to be as productive as possible.”
PetroSkills initially will market its program to specific drilling contractors, which will allow for a customized curriculum to meet particular training requirements.