This paper presents details of the development and implementation of a new upstream professional development initiative in Saudi Aramco. In response to quickly changing business and demographic environments, the approach to technical training has evolved to ensure a competent workforce that can effectively manage the technical challenges faced in exploration and production operations. The paper presents the business drivers leading to the establishment of a new state-of-the-art training facility and a new upstream training organization, along with details of the implementation of this new initiative. The result is a dynamic training organization that is responsive to evolving business needs, and accelerates the development of young professionals. In addition, experienced engineers and geoscientists benefit from receiving a structured professional development roadmap that spans their entire careers. By incorporating instructional design concepts, advanced training technologies and formal competency assurance, the Upstream Professional Development Center provides engaging, effective and efficient training that accelerates the achievement of competency and improves job performance.

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