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Stirling Group opens new training centre in Kurdistan Region of Iraq


Stirling Group has opened a new training centre for oil and gas and construction workers in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

The group has expanded its facility in Erbil to offer a range of new courses, including fire team member and leader, working at height and rescue, confined space entry and rescue, lifting and hoisting, forklift, command and control, incident management, H2S and self-contained breathing apparatus. The move follows an increase in market demand for practical and advanced training, health, safety and environmental (HSE) services.

The new facility was unveiled at an event, which was attended by more than 40 industry figures and government officials, including Angus McKee, HM counsel general for Kurdistan & Northern Iraq and Ian McIntosh, advisor to the minister of natural resources (MNR).

The Stirling Group Training Centre features a four-storey training rig with internal structures which mirror the environment that oil and construction workers face in day-to-day operations.

Combined with the latest training equipment, including Haagen virtual fire training technology, it would enable Stirling Group to offer training at a range and level not seen before in Iraq.

McKee said, “Stirling Group has demonstrated a stellar record in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. As the region continues to focus in the development of its local workforce, oil and gas companies in partnership with the MNR are working to achieve the best possible development of local talent for the industry. Stirling Group plays an active role in this with the diversity of its workforce development offerings.”

Stirling Group has plans to establish similar training centres in Slemani and Duhok in the future, continuing its efforts to support competence development for the oil and gas and construction industry in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and across the Middle East.

Angus Neil, managing director of Stirling Group, noted, “This is the latest step in the development of our training base in Kurdistan to ensure we continue to offer the very best training facilities in the region.

“The hands-on, simulated approach goes well beyond traditional classroom training. It allows oil and gas workers to practice real-life scenarios and experience first-hand what it's like to work in a facility.”

Operating in the region since 2013, Stirling Group has delivered training programmes, competence development frameworks, HSE consultancy, safety products and maintenance services to over 25 oil and gas companies operating in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.