Fugro Academy opens new Plymouth training centre

Mon, 14 December 2015

Fugro’s new Academy Training Centre at Plymouth’s Turnchapel Wharf in the UK was formally opened at the beginning of November by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Dr John Mahony.

An extension to the Academy’s existing facilities first established in 2006, it will provide a comprehensive range of tutoring services in support of group-wide staff recruitment and development for the Dutch organisation which employs around 12,500 personnel in over 70 countries.

The new building comprises offices, training suites, engineering workshops, a cafe and recreation space with ready access to a wide range of offshore survey equipment together with two Fugro 8-metre training vessels moored at Cattewater, where the mouth of the River Plym merges with Plymouth Sound outside the training centre.  It is permanently staffed by four resident training experts and can accommodate up to 50 individuals at any one time;  hundreds of company staff from the UK and overseas are expected to register every year.

As a global group-wide standardised training initiative, the Fugro Academy has thus far conducted over 1,500 trainer-led courses for nearly 10,000 staff over the last few years.  A stakeholder in the Hydrographic Academy Marine Learning Alliance forum in partnership with Plymouth University, it has won a number of citations including an Australasian Hydrographic Society Award for Corporate Achievement in Training in 2009 and a Times Higher Education Award in 2014.

Source: David Goodfellow

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