New SkillsXP Version Enhances Training and Competence Management

3 April 2013

The latest release of Petrofac Training Services’ (PTS) training and competence management software, SkillsXP Version 10 is a “ground up” rewrite providing faster operation and improved functionality. Launched at IADC Drilling HSE&T Asia Pacific 2013 on 3 April the enhanced design works at a truly global level, has improved administrative efficiency and continues to ensure that human assets acquire and maintain the right skill sets for the future. The fully web-based tool has now been optimised for use over low bandwidth internet connections, making it ideal for use on offshore oil rigs, and enables each user to take control of their own learning schedule within pre-defined company parameters.

SkillsXP is a strategic tool for the planning and tracking of complete workforce development. It has a wide selection of modules and features that have been designed to address specific industry needs including the proof of compliance of individuals against mandatory regulatory and custom training requirements. As training in itself is not an assurance of competency, the software further includes a powerful competency assessment capability to track staff abilities. It also addresses the potential future shortage of senior personnel within the oil and gas industry with a strategic workforce development module which tracks staffing growth and helps ensure the right mix of experience to in order to strengthen a company to meet the challenges of the future.

The system can be configured for specific company and geographical requirements and, supporting its global use, is designed for easy, multiple language support. This latest release incorporates an in-depth review of customer usage and feedback to ensure administrative usability has been optimised with easy access to popular functions and fast reporting capability.

SkillsXP integrates online services such as Google and LinkedIn and incorporates the powerful Oilennium e-learning solution. Users can view their profile via a web portal, review their training and competency level and, if they choose, directly take an e-learning module from within the system.

Marco Opdam, Head Programmer at PTS said, “SkillsXP Version 10 is built on a proven platform and truly addresses the modern needs of the oil and gas industry by providing an efficient tool for handling and tracking training and competency levels. The software manages workforce development to ensure regulatory compliance and the availability of a solid skills set to meet the future of any company. It can handle thousands of employees and provide efficient overviews and reports for individuals, departments or the complete business. Even in low bandwidth offshore locations, the tool enables staff to take control of their own training and competency levels in a clear and efficient manner. For the business it provides a strong strategic workforce development tool and comprehensive tracking of skills and capability levels to assure internal and external stakeholders.”