Industrial Training International will add its eighth North American training center after announcing an agreement to collaborate with Sparrows Group to provide training solutions at Sparrows facility in Houma, La.
“The partnership with Sparrows is huge for ITI customers in Louisiana, the Gulf, and those involved with offshore operations around the globe,” said Justin Meade, Training Centers Manager, ITI. “Our collaboration has already made an impact for key customers by coming together on a few projects involving training, field services and ITI VR simulators.”
Working in the offshore industry since 1975, Sparrows Group provides offshore lifting operations, competence assessment, and training. Its goal is to help build a strong safety culture in the workforce, reducing the frequency and severity of incidents that could cause harm to people or property. Training programs are accredited to ISO:9001, OPITO, and NFPC in the UK, and API RP2D in the United States.
The strategic fit between the two training leaders will benefit the entire industry, said Sparrows training manager Sheila Deroche. “Similar visions and values make the collaboration a great fit,” she said. “The ‘one-stop shop’ approach for offshore and onshore lifting and hoisting training will benefit both Sparrows and ITI customers. Our goal is to help create a competent and safe work force.”
Susan Fraser, Sparrows’ global head of training & competence, added: “Our partnership with ITI is a great opportunity for both companies to increase training foothold in the United States. Successful collaboration will, I’m sure, lead to further opportunities for us to work together on global projects.”
Starting in October 2017, ITI will host select courses at the New Orleans Training Center including:
- Intermediate Rigging
- Rigging Gear Inspector
- NCCCO Mobile Crane Operator
- NCCCO Rigger Level 1 & 2
- NCCCO Signal Person
- Basic Rigging & Inspection
- Overhead Crane Operator
- Lift Director & Critical Lift Planning
In addition to Sparrows’ courses: