Bibby Offshore Apprentices Get Hands-On ROV Experience

The Underwater Centre has linked up with Bibby Offshore to provide ROV apprentices with the opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience.

The apprentices, who are employed by Bibby Offshore will benefit from operational experience in the field with live ROVs and will undertake a variety of tasks including the mobilisation/demobilisation of the work class ROV, The Underwater Centre informed.

Bibby Offshore apprentices will train part-time at the Centre until they are fully qualified and ready to go offshore, learning all the skills available to students on the Centre’s ROV courses, from the routine maintenance of an ROV system and hydraulic testing to tether insulation measurement and fibre-optic termination.

Steve Ham, The Underwater Centre’s commercial director, said: “Practical experience is essential for all apprentices and this can be quite difficult to arrange when a company’s main operations are offshore.

“This is where we are able to step in and work with companies to provide hands-on experience with the equipment and conditions workers would experience offshore. It has so far proved really beneficial to Bibby Offshore apprentices.

Gordon Zimmerman, ROV manager at Bibby Offshore, said: “Our ROV apprenticeship scheme is an important part of our overall award-winning people development programme and we are delighted with the feedback from our apprentices who have attended The Underwater Centre’s excellent practical training.”

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