28th April 2016

Former SSI-workers are being offered the chance to gain one of the most highly-prized offshore skills thanks to AIS Training.

OPITO Blaster Painter courses, fully-funded by Government, will be delivered at AIS’s state-of-the-art training village in North Tyneside and will qualify former-SSI workers to prepare, paint and blast offshore structures at introductory and advanced levels.

Run over three days, the level 1 training course is the only blasting and painting qualification outside of Aberdeen which has formal approval from OPITO – the standard setting body and authority on training for the oil and gas sector.  The advanced competency assessment level equips individuals with the skills to check any potential or existing painting and blasting employees reach the required industry standards.

Blasting and painting are some of the most sought after qualifications in the offshore and onshore oil and gas sector so is a useful addition to the CV’s of those SSI workers still looking for work.

AIS is also offering additional courses including OPITO fireproofing, fork-lift truck driving and overhead crane operation free-of-charge to eligible SSI workers. 

Rob Storey, Head of Skills and Education at AIS, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer these invaluable skills to former SSI workers with funding provided by the Government. AIS commercially trains 17,500 delegates every year from all over the world for the global energy sector and has an outstanding reputation in helping people progress their careers. We’re now looking forward to putting this expertise to good use to help those suffering from SSI’s closure last year.”

List of courses AIS can deliver to former SSI workers...

1. OPITO Blaster Sprayer Level 1 Training

2. OPITO Blaster Sprayer Level 2 Competence Assessment

3. OPITO Oil & Gas Fireproofing Level 1 Training

4. OPITO Oil & Gas Fireproofing Level 2 Competence Assessment

5. Couter Balance or Reach FLT (Novice, Intermediate & Refresher) Training

6. AIS Overhead Crane Training

Any former SSI workers interested in the courses being offered by AIS should contact 0844 800 1810.

*UPDATE 09/05/2016*

AIS can now deliver the majority of its courses fully funded for any ex SSI workers.

Call us on 0844 800 1810 for further info!