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Competence and training (WP7 and WP9)

Main Findings:
After studying and evaluating the present state-of-the-art forms of learning that are currently available, it can be concluded that e-learning or 'combined mode delivery' (web and classroom) has proven to be a very cost-efficient option compared to the classical class-room training. E-learning makes it possible to reach wider audience at the marginal operating cost. Utilization of this option would therefore be a key factor in making the competence schemes as cost-efficient as possible.

Trying to describe the overview of the specific training needs in the field of QHSE and CSR is a difficult task. The needs of the industry are poorly, if at all, defined or are very specific for a certain task or function within a company without industry wide standards being available and hence limited industry-wide application.

A rough inventory of available programmes already ends up being a long list of institutes and competencies. But more importantly, when examining all the various available training options another problem occurs, namely that of quality assurance. The large numbers of available programmes do only vary in content and competencies, but more importantly there is no objective general quality standard by which to compare the different programmes and institutes.

To assist an objective decision as to the quality and applicability of the various programmes, work-package 7 has developed a best practice selector tool. The tool can select the best practice training based on the requirements of the costumer, using various descriptors as means of selection.

Based on the inventory of the specific training needs in the field of QHSE and CSR and also based on the large availability of different training schemes, programmes and courses for these fields, it is highly recommended that companies join forces to better define clearer, more uniform standards for their training needs.

With better-defined standards, the available courses and programmes can be more easily compared and evaluated, thus ensuring higher quality of the training. It is also recommended that the offshore industry takes it upon itself to define the quality standard for the available training, thus insuring the same high level of training within all companies.

The selector tool developed by this work package can be used as a measure to evaluate the quality of the available programmes. It is therefore essential that this tool will be further developed and maintained by a competent authority, such as the Virtual Risk Institute.

Follow up from TRENDS:
The follow up from TRENDS with respect to work-package 7 is contained in the description of the project ideas. This follow up will mainly concern itself with keeping the state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise up to date and available. Partners from WP7 are hoping to achieve this by founding a Virtual Risk Institute.(

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MSR - Maritime Simulation Rotterdam B.V. (Now part of the STC - Group / SAAR)
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