Funding Available for Advanced Commercial Diver and ROV Training
*UPDATE: Skills Development Scotland funding has been extended until 30th June 2018*
Skills Development Scotland has awarded The Underwater Centre in Fort William funding to help ensure that Scotland is ready to supply the qualified workforce that the subsea industry will need in the future. The funding is available for advanced commercial diver courses, such as HSE Closed Bell, as well as ROV pilot technician training. Individual students and companies based in Scotland are eligible.
The subsea industry is a key part of the Scottish economy. The Scottish Government believes it is vital to support subsea training now so that the country’s workforce is ready to respond to positive market conditions when the oil price begins to recover, as well as being prepared for opportunities in decommissioning and the offshore renewables sector. Therefore Skills Development Scotland has made it easier for Scottish workers to access high quality, industry-relevant subsea training.
50% funding available
Starting in June 2017, Scottish residents* will be able to train in key courses at The Underwater Centre for 50% of the usual cost. The other half of the fees will be paid by Skills Development Scotland.
With industry needs in mind, the financial support is targeted towards the specific areas where there are likely to be shortages. The support is not seeking to bring new people into the offshore industry but is aiming to increase the capability of the people already in the sector.
Courses eligible for funding
Eligible courses are currently:
- HSE Closed Bell
- Oxy-Arc Underwater Cutting
- Premium ROV
- ROV Pilot Technician
- ROV Operations
- Fibre Optics & ODTR
- TITAN 4 Manipulator
- High Voltage and Electrical Safety *added January 2018*
Who is eligible for funding?
This financial support is available to both individuals and companies based in Scotland* who wish to train their staff. Candidates are urged to apply as soon as possible. The total value of the funding is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
*A resident is someone who has been resident in Scotland for at least the last 12 months.