AIS has established its first international branch after gaining industry approval to run offshore training courses in the Caribbean.
The AIS centre will be based in Trinidad and Tobago, within easy reach of the lucrative American and South American markets, and will replicate the company’s current UK business model of delivering world-recognised skills and competency training from state-of-the-art facilities. 
AIS’s first course on offer will be the OPITO level 1 rigging qualification, which equips people who want to work in the oil and gas industry with introductory rigging and lifting techniques. This will be followed by a further 20 world-recognised skills courses, which are currently being developed to be rolled out over the next six months.
The company is currently looking for riggers, level 3 rope access technicians, insulators and Compex mechanical and electrical personnel to work at its Trinidad and Tobago operation.
AIS managing director, Paul Stonebanks, said: “The geographical region surrounding Trinidad and Tobago has been producing oil and gas for almost 100 years and although current skills’ training in the area adheres to local standards, there is a real drive to bring skills and competencies in line with UK standards – which are globally acknowledged as being the highest quality available.
“We recognised the opportunity to mirror our success in the UK and bring our expertise in delivering UK standards in safety and training to a wider market place. The Trinidad and Tobago centre will be the first overseas AIS branch but not the last. We are currently looking at extending our brand throughout the UK and also into a number of other international markets.”     
Award-winning Advanced Industrial Solutions is a leading provider of specialist training and competency skills assessment services to the offshore sector. From its dedicated 100 thousand square foot state-of-the-art training facility in North Shields, AIS delivers one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive oil and gas, industrial and fabric maintenance training programmes.
All accredited to leading international standards such as OPITO, IRATA, SPRAT, IOSH and CCNG, AIS’s courses are designed to enhance the skills and competencies of personnel working in the offshore sector.  As well as standalone courses, AIS offers full training packages including booking travel, accommodation and meals for a complete training solution.