Throughout its existence, SQA has consistently delivered programmes aimed at supporting workforce nationalisation and supply chain development. This means providing organisations operating in oil and gas markets with comprehensive, cross-functional qualifications and consultancy services for local workforces.
With over 100 years' experience and expertise in Scottish technical vocational education, SQA has also consulted and advised governments and global private sector stakeholders 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.
The company's 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 on offer exist to address needs, such as upskilling, reskilling, compliance and efficiency. This creates meaningful solutions to the vocational education and training issues being faced by the sector.
SQA's solutions offer industry-recognised standards for the competency development and progression of workforces worldwide. This enables global oil and gas personnel to work towards and achieve industry-recognised technical qualifications. Additionally, this supports oil and gasfocused service functions, such as supply chain logistics, administration, management, technology, human resources and finance to help employees better understand the work they do. Naturally, employees increase their individual problem-solving skills and make more informed decisions on the job.
SQA has developed standards and qualification frameworks that 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 labour 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.
Developed by the industry for the industry, the support is continuously updated to reflect the most current industry requirements and standards. SQA understands the challenges in the industry at governmental and corporate level. From qualifications in processing operations and downstream field operations, to those in process engineering maintenance, it covers the length and breadth of the industry, to ensure that everyone is fully competent and can prove it through accreditation systems.
Each service enables 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. Interested parties could even become an approved SQA centre in its own right, whether a private company or larger government body. SQA is constantly developing new awards as the industry diversifies into new areas, designing qualifications to match the applicant's need, which can be rated against international frameworks.
Internationally, SQA is working with governments, NGOs and oil companies across the world to develop and implement national and international competency frameworks that will allow citizens to access job opportunities in the oil and gas sectors within their country, as well as further afield.
The company also identifies 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 and Training (TVET).
All the work is tailored to support the specific needs of customers based on international best practice. SQA has proudly worked with governments and agencies in Central and Eastern Europe, the US and South America.