Digital Solutions for Competence Management

Introduction to digitalisation of competence systems.

As training and competence expands and diversifies, the good old training matrix spreadsheet no longer cuts it. In the energy sector where an extensive range of roles exists on and offshore, and in traditional and renewable energies, competence becomes complex to initiate, maintain and track. This is where software specifically developed to ensure competence compliance can play a role. Various digital competence management systems have been developed to track and demonstrate competence, but as with any emerging technology the systems outlined below have undergone hurdles in the road to their development. Below we explore a number of digital CMSs and how they have evolved to include customers requirements.


From the co-chairs

The past two years has proven difficult for us all and we have seen seismic shifts in the way we do, and go to, work, but also in energy security. We all know that the UK imports more oil and gas than it can produce, and we all know that energy transition is on us. We also hear about the ‘deal’ and fair transition with labour shortages, regulators and training organisations are preparing technical standards and content for conversions as needed.

At Step Change in Safety, our Competence Workgroup is committed to simplification and as seamless and transparent change as we can. We are talking to the regulators and training organisations about the transition requirements and working to achieve a safe environment for our workforce.

Over the next months we will be consulting and developing frameworks and guidance and part of that process is asking member companies for their perspectives and how they are providing products and services to support a safe transition.

We have selected three examples of digital solutions for competence management to demonstrate what is available (these examples are not recommendations - nor is the list exhaustive):

A selection of Competence Management Systems


Mintra's products and services are applicable across the energy industry, from oil and gas exploration and production, drilling and refining to nuclear and renewables, wind, solar, and hydropower. The global energy sector is an inter-related network of companies, directly and indirectly, involved in power production and distribution. These companies employ large workforces with similar skillsets, operating in hazardous and remote environments and to similar legislative standards.

With the changes in the energy sector, these workforces and skillsets will continue to migrate between industries and geographies, requiring new knowledge and adopting different standards. It is a complex space and time that requires modern solutions that bring simplicity and speed.

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Trainingportal CMS Overview - Mintra


Onboard Tracker

Onboard Tracker, an online tracking, operations and certification hub, is a textbook example of Solab innovation in action: the specially devised software is used around the world by clients in the oil & gas and maritime industries. Upload and manage training certificates, records, documents and expiries to ensure workforce safety and compliance with client and regulatory matrix requirements.

Competence Management - upload skill levels, assessment evidence and experience to ensure crew safety and compliance against client, location and equipment specific matrix requirements. Onboard Tracker is now recording personnel logistics, crewing, training and offshore competence for people visiting over 50% of the manned rigs in the UKCS.


RGU - Industry 4.0

Arguably, one of the greatest challenges facing organizations today is the talent shortage and skill gap with Industry 4.0 transformation in perspective. Organisations are doing digital but not developing digital capabilities. Executives recognise the skill gap, and they know it’s both real and problematic. However, most organisations don't appear to be effectively tackling the issue. With competence management there is no one size that fits all, and therefore organizations must start by assessing their digital maturity for them to be able to identify organisation specific areas requiring action.

Industry 4.0 Assessment Model developed for the ECITB is an industry readiness assessment model/digital maturity index, that has been developed to assess and evaluate the current readiness levels, the drive towards achieving a higher digital maturity and identifying training requirements.



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