The Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization (OPITO) has appointed John McDonald as CEO as the organization seeks to further drive the international skills agenda for the oil and gas industry.
McDonald has been interim CEO since January and was previously UK managing director for OPITO after joining the organization in 2012. The appointment comes after an external and internal recruitment process following the sudden death of former CEO David Doig earlier this year.
Prior to joining OPITO, McDonald was a director at ACTVET, the government body charged with creating a vocational education and training system in Abu Dhabi.
He was previously a director at the Scottish Qualifications Authority and led the development of new products and services and created new markets in Asia and the Middle East. An alumni of Harvard Business School, he has worked at a ministerial level in several countries on capacity building projects in education and training.
McDonald said he plans to ensure that OPITO continues to be the global industry-led organization that is not only driving and delivering the skills agenda but is also helping to modernize standards and the way to improve competency by embracing digital technologies.
“I will ensure our standards add value and continue to serve the needs of the 21st-century learner. I look forward to building further links and partnerships with industry as we strive to ensure that safety is at the heart of decision-making and skills initiatives remain relevant, covering every stage of an employee’s career and continue to attract people into our industry,” he added.
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. The digital BOSIET 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.
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