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When working in the offshore industry, no matter what the role, it’s important to have the right skills, training and knowledge to enable you to do your job properly.  Only through engaging with their employees can companies ensure they have the right information and training before they head offshore.

Employees working for Bilfinger Salamis UK visit a Mobilisation Centre before flying to platforms in the North Sea, to receive company and job-specific inductions, and any further specific safety training.

Their Mobilisation Centre in  in Norwich, which services the Southern North Sea has been open since October 2012, and has inducted over 2,500 employees, and held over 10,000 engagement sessions.

It has been so successful, that Bilfinger Salamis has now opened another Mobilisation Centre in Aberdeen, where any staff flying from the heliport at Dyce will also receive company inductions, information on offshore safety practices, safety refreshers and permit training.

Step Change in Safety’s Executive Director, Les Linklater, opened the north east base: “It can be difficult to reach the offshore workforce in a consistent and joined-up way” said Les. 

“Having this purpose built centre demonstrates a point of care for the workforce, builds a relationship, and that drives engagement.  That is fundamental to a safe, sustainable business.”

The new hub is perfectly situated in Aberdeen’s Crowne Plaza Hotel, just five minutes’ walk from the heliport.  It can host 22 employees, 14 at desks with a further eight on computers.

“The centre allows us to get closer to our workforce by carrying out pre-mobilisation job briefings, enhancing the service we provide to customers,” said Bilfinger Salamis UK Managing Director Graham Hayward.  “It also allows us to carry out occupational health screening, as well as drug and alcohol testing, ensuring we minimise the risk of abortive mobilisations and medivacs.

“A key feature of the centre is our ability to carry out simplified worksite competency, training and skills screening. We will also use the centre to carry out post-project debriefs with supervision and work teams.

“Our SNS Mobilisation Centre Focal Point, Steve Loades, won a Bilfinger’s Best award for his role in improving workforce engagement, as he displays exceptional commitment to the success of the Centre.  He also ensures all new staff members are fully prepared for work at Bilfinger and understand safety is an integral part of all their actions.”