Fugro is a specialist overwater drilling and marine construction contractor, with over 400 employees. Fugro’s success is attributed to the company’s unique ability to design, develop and operate its own equipment, meaning each contract is approached with tools tailor-made to suit often exceptional scenarios. The main office is based in Falmouth, and they operate in niche markets all over the world.
What were the businesses issues/challenges to undertake training?
Due to the nature of the business, there is a continuous need to demonstrate levels of competency in various areas such as confined space entry and escape, offshore sea survival and IOSHH working safely and managing safely. Fugro also aims to elevate existing staff into supervisory and management positions, and is taking on three apprentices a year in order to benefit the company long term.
The training undertaken:
All mandatory training has been undertaken through The Cornwall College Group, as well as Leadership and Management training (ILM). There is a ten year plan in place regarding apprentices and the company currently has two fabrication and welding, three electrical and two fitting shop.
What impacts and benefits has the training had on the company?
Learning new skills keeps staff interested, and gives the business options when they need more labour in other departments; there is not such a need to bring in sub-contractors and this saves money. The apprentices have a dedicated mentor, who is there to look after them on a daily basis, and they work at such a high standard to complete major tasks.
“The standard of apprentices that are coming through the training programme from The Cornwall College Group has improved year on year. The assistance from the College in the selection process this year has given us the highest quality candidate I have seen in my twenty years’ experience.”