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Following extensive research of international technical and vocational training systems Qatar Petroleum (QP) selected the Australian technical qualifications, including the vocational system’s quality framework, to support high quality technical training of Qataris in the areas of process plant operations, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and security.

Chisholm secured a four year contract with QP for the training of trainers; moderation and validation of assessment of every trainee in technical areas: process; mechanical; electrical; instrumentation; security and administration; provision of a panel of specialist moderators and assessors; annual quality audits and continuous improvement strategies, report presentation; providing Australian qualifications to graduates; and providing educational advice and support.

Twice a year Chisholm sent a team of moderators to Doha to conduct moderation and validation of student assessments and to conduct a quality audit against the Australian ‘Standards for Registered Training Organisations’.

Results were then entered into Chisholm’s student administration system and if all units of competency were achieved, an Australian nationally recognised certificate was issued.

Chisholm also conducted training programs for QP staff in TAE40110 – Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and provided workshops on educational issues on a needs basis.

The measurable benefits of this project include:

  • training has a significant on-the-job component
  • training is directly aligned to oil and gas plant operations
  • trainees acquire practical skills supported by underpinning knowledge
  • all training is in English and is competency based
  • the flexibility of the programs as they can be customised to their specific needs
  • program competencies based on industry standards.

The project with Qatar Petroleum was completed in 2017, however Chisholm continues to work in the region with Qatar Technical School.