The safety, training and competence company RelyOn Nutec will offer courses in crane and lifting operations for the Sparrows Group in its centers.

The partners will also invest several million pounds in new training facilities and recruits.

They have signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the linkage and expect to have a formal agreement soon.

A spokeswoman confirmed that the companies are entering into a partnership without incurring fees or stock exchanges.

RelyOn Nutec will offer training in 33 global locations in Europe, the Middle East, North America and the Asia-Pacific region.

It will also manage the provision of training services at Sparrows’ facilities in the US, UK, Angola, Singapore and Abu Dhabi.

However, Sparrows staff will continue to contribute to the delivery and development of the courses.

RelyOn Nutec has also started installing a simulator at its Dyce facility to increase the duo’s capacity.

Sparrows currently has a training simulator at its base in Tire Excavators on the outskirts of Aberdeen.

RelyOn Nutec will also install the crane and lifting simulator technology at its center in Qatar, creating up to five new jobs.

The partners are also considering opening new facilities in the Middle East and Kazakhstan.

Both sides will make significant investments to ensure the training is rolled out quickly by the end of 2021.

Jason Grant, Vice President of Engineering Education and Simulation at RelyOn Nutec, said, “The Sparrows Group is known as the global engineering authority in the industry.

Aligning Sparrows’ world-leading skills and knowledge with RelyOn Nutec’s training and competency management systems, expertise and global presence ensures that this safety-critical training can be delivered where it is needed most.

“As we are seeing the increase in reportable lift security incidents in many regions and there are no agreed global standards to ensure the safety and competence of employees, there is no better time to combine the training resources of our two groups and conduct this critical training the market.”

Stewart Mitchell, Sparrows CEO, said, “Keeping people and equipment safe is an integral part of what we do, and developing strong workforce skills underpins this.

“We started our offshore crane operator training more than 30 years ago, and it is recognized worldwide as the benchmark for the oil and gas industry.

“This agreement supports our growth strategy and enables us to expand our offering to new locations.

“With RelyOn Nutec’s know-how in terms of training and competence management, we can ensure the highest standards for conducting training courses to support safe lifting operations in all global industries.”

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