SQA - SQA - supporting workforce developments in oil and gas markets

Supporting Workforce Development in Oil and Gas Markets

SQA has been active in the international marketplace for more than 20 years providing educational services in numerous countries while serving a wide range of clients including governments, national oil companies, international oil companies and academic institutions. We have delivered programmes aimed at supporting workforce nationalisation and supply chain development providing organisations, operating in oil and gas markets with comprehensive, cross functional qualifications and consultancy services for their local workforces. With over 100 years' experience and expertise in Scottish technical vocational education, we have also consulted and advised governments and private sector stakeholders in other countries on how to develop new or existing frameworks, as well as building capacity and creating reform for the education and training infrastructure for workforces now and in the future.

Our approach offers workforce development across business functions and those areas involved in the technical, support and delivery of onshore and offshore production, as well as the serving of the industry itself. The products and services we offer exist to address needs such as upskilling, reskilling, compliance and efficiency creating meaningful solutions to the vocational education and training issues being faced by the sector.

Technical Skills

Our solutions offer industry-recognised standards for the competency development and progression of workforces worldwide. They will enable global oil and gas personnel to work towards and achieve industry recognised technical qualifications.

Business Skills

In addition, they can support Oil & Gas focused service functions such as supply chain logistics, administration, management, technology, human resources and finance to help employees better understand the work they do, solve problems better, and make more informed decisions on the job. They help foster a strong service culture within the organisation and ensure employees have the right skills in place to continuously develop.

Competency and Standards

SQA has developed standards and qualifications frameworks which help employers develop skills and competence in their technical operations and associated business functions. Building a competent workforce through frameworks will help to meet compliance requirements, support workforce nationalisation and achieve operational excellence. Managing, monitoring, and ensuring compliance with the increasingly complex manpower regulations that exist worldwide is essential for oil and gas companies. SQA can provide a fully integrated skills based solution that can integrate with existing learning and human resource requirements helping to respond to new and changing regulations.

Qualifications and Services


Developed by industry for industry, they are continuously updated to reflect the most current industry requirements and standards. SQA has many years' experience in the sector. We understand the skills challenges in the industry at both governmental and corporate level. From qualifications in processing operations - hydrocarbons and downstream field operations - to qualifications in process engineering maintenance: instrument and control, they cover the length and breadth of the industry, to ensure that everyone is fully competent and can prove their competence through accreditation systems. Each one delivers to agreed international standards to create new opportunities for growth, innovation and employment. They enable anyone at any level, from trainee to experienced professional, to get ahead in the industry.

SQA qualifications can be delivered by approved colleges, training providers and employers. You can even become an approved SQA centre in your own right, whether you are a private company or government body. We are constantly developing new awards to meet changing needs as the industry diversifies into new areas and if there isn't a qualification which meets your need we can help you to design one which can be rated against international frameworks.


Internationally, we are working with Governments, NGOs and oil companies across the world to develop and implement national and international competency frameworks which will allow citizens to access job opportunities in the oil and gas sectors within their country and more widely.

We also identify the need for workforce development to meet industry demand and design programmes to support the ongoing development of the oil and gas industry through framework development, capacity building and Technical Vocational Education

Training reform

All our work is tailored to support the specific needs of our customer resulting in a fully sustainable solution, based on international best practice. We have worked with governments and agencies in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet republics, sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South America, and the Middle-East.

Products and Services

Contact Details

Scottish Qualifications Authority
The Optima Building
58 Robertson Street
G2 8DQ
United Kingdom
Contact: Joni White
Tel: +44 (0)141 500 5609
Email: joni.white@sqa.org.uk
URL: www.sqa.org.uk/oilandgas

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