OPITO rolls-out new online training system and appoints new chief

John McDonald
John McDonald

OPITO – the Aberdeen-based global workforce development organisation for the oil and gas industry – has appointed John McDonald as its new chief executive.

He has been Interim CEO since January and was previously UK managing director for OPITO after joining the organisation in 2012. The appointment comes after an external and internal recruitment process following the sudden death of former CEO David Doig earlier this year.

Meanwhile, OPITO is gearing up to launch a new industry-led initiative later this year to create a ‘step-change in training’ to standards through technology-driven innovation. Its digital BOSIET suite will set a marker in the move toward integrated digital learning.

McDonald said: “A number of industry champions are currently road-testing the digital package which will provide an interactive, online alternative to the classroom element, giving users the opportunity to learn at their own pace and gain time back through reduced days away from work.

“We aim to ensure that OPITO continues to be the global industry-led organisation that is not only driving and delivering the skills agenda, but is also helping to modernise standards and the way we improve competency by embracing digital technologies.”

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