- Deals strengthen skills specialists’ international reach -
International learning and skills specialist Atlas has capped an exciting period of growth with a clutch of new international e-learning contract wins totalling over £3.6million in the last 12 months.
The Aberdeen-headquartered company, which has broadened its capabilities by expanding its established oil and gas credentials into other safety-critical industries worldwide, has secured these large export deals to provide technology-led and competency-based training courses to a number of global operators.
The contracts include a share in a £6million ($10million USD) project to provide a major new global learning framework for energy major ExxonMobil.
Atlas is the only partner outside of North America to be chosen to deliver courses in a framework supply agreement being led by the oil and gas operator’s Houston operation. The project, which is one of the biggest rollouts of e-learning in the oil and gas industry, will see more than 500 courses built and delivered to ExxonMobil’s workforce around the globe by the consortium which includes seven other North American companies.
Atlas has also signed a deal which will see it deliver training courses to ConocoPhillips Australian business unit. The contract includes the development of an e-learning process operations programme for personnel across the region, in particular ConocoPhillips offshore operations in the Bayu-Undan field and at the onshore Darwin LNG plant.
Chief executive officer John Rowley said: “One of the biggest risks for organisations operating within safety-critical industries like oil and gas is the competence of the people engaged in their projects. Having robust, quality training tailored to meet unique geographic needs is vital when ensuring safety requirements are met.
“These latest contract wins, in particular the ExxonMobil partnership where we are the only member of the global supply team from outside of North America to be chosen to partner in the initiative, demonstrate the strength of our rapidly expanding global reach and export capabilities, reaffirming our reputation as an innovative learning provider.”
Atlas has transformed itself following private equity investment from HG Capital in 2007. Since then, the business has experienced significant growth and expansion across priority international regions and market sectors. In the last two years, employee numbers have risen 80% to 74 personnel.
The latest wins add to Atlas’ success earlier this year when it secured a 10-year contract with oil and gas skills body OPITO to develop and deliver the online International Minimum Industry Safety Training (IMIST) to an estimated 1.5million people engaged in exploration and production activities around the globe.
IMIST has been successfully launched across the Middle East and Asia Pacific with the aim of rolling out across 30 countries worldwide over the next 18 months.
“Our growth has been both rapid and sustained in line with our ambitions. These latest successes, combined with the IMIST contract, will help us to pursue an aggressive growth strategy in terms of penetration of the international markets with the aim of doubling our sales over the next three years,” added Mr Rowley.