Stork’s Caribbean team achieves global competence credential

Stork's organization in Trinidad and Tobago has become the first business in Central and South America to achieve OPITO approval for the way it monitors and develops the skills and competence of its maintenance workers in the region. Recognized as the global industry benchmark, the OPITO competency management system (CMS) accreditation confirms that Stork’s scaffolding and fabric maintenance personnel are carrying out their roles to a best-in-class international standard.

Stork, demonstrated that its CMS for personnel across nine different roles within the business met the criteria set out by the global skills organisation following a period of stringent audits. These safety-critical posts include scaffolding, sandblasting, painting and tradesmen positions. This is the second OPITO CMS approval Stork has achieved across its worldwide operations. Its UK office in Aberdeen has upheld the OPITO standard for its workforce competence framework since 2007.

Stork has become the fourth business this year to see its CMS successfully rubber-stamped by the skills body. Awilco Drilling Plc and Centrica Storage Ltd both met OPITO’s criteria for their systems in the UK, and MAN Diesel received the accreditation for its CMS for roles across its European office. 

OPITO director, James Hamilton, said: “It’s reassuring to see a continued number of businesses around the world successfully achieving OPITO approval for their competency management systems. The accreditation brings real and lasting benefits to employees, companies and their safety performances. It offers a high level of assurance and quality to clients and properly maps out attainable career paths for personnel.”

Philip Vilain, Country Manager for Stork’s Trinidad operations, stated: “We are honored to have received approval from OPITO. The oil and gas industry is continually changing, and we recognize and acknowledge that competent employees are critical to our success. Earning approval helps to ensure that the services we provide are world-class and exceed our client’s expectations.  This is another measure of our excellence as a regional provider of engineering, project management, industrial maintenance and asset integrity solutions.”