Abstract

It is obvious that the successful development of an oil & gas company largely depends on a consistent system of personnel training and development. To optimize such a system, there has to be a method ensuring maximum training efficiency.

This method that takes into account most advanced Russian and Western technologies was developed by Heriot-Watt Approved Support Centre at TPU. This System of Assessing Technical Competence of Oil & Gas Personnel is now successfully implemented at OAO " Sibneft-Noyabrskneftegaz". Assessing tools, including the software, are used by the Company HR managers to assess technical competence of the personnel without any outside assistance. Recommendations for personnel development are further taken into account when planning Company's technical training programs for the employees. Skill assessment is an established procedure used for identifying personnel needs for technical training. Individual development plans for the employees are developed for the same purposes, the next step being the development of integrated corporate training programs. When a certain stage is completed, another assessment is performed in order to monitor employee's progress or adjust the plans.

This article covers various issues of applying skill assessment techniques based on the experience with OAO "Sibneft-Noyabrskneftegaz" (Noyabrsk, Russia).

Task Description

Any company that is selecting training courses for its employees needs to resolve several issues (same issues are faced by the training centres as well), i.e.: which courses are really required by the industry? what are the most vital topics? what would be training needs of particular employees and which training provider would be able to satisfy them? Thus, a mechanism that would ensure maximum training efficiency is very much required.

With this in mind, experts of Heriot-Watt Aproved Support Centre offered an implementation of technical competence assessment to OAO " Sibneft-Noyabrskneftegaz"; this method allows most careful adjustment of personnel training process to the needs of the company and its business. Besides, this method would allow the oil company to monitor personnel development, and at the same time, allow Heriot-Watt Centre to identify company's actual training needs in order to update its short courses offered at the Russian market of educational services. Similar competence assessment procedures are used by most Western oil companies and now emerge in Russia.

The project was started in 2005, and now it's on its way. Assessing tools, including the software, are used by the Company HR managers to assess technical competence of the personnel without any outside assistance. Recommendations for personnel development are further taken into account when planning Company's technical training programs for the employees.

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