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Wood joint venture outlines plans for new training centre to develop Iraq energy workforce

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Wood, a global leader in consulting and engineering, together with joint venture partner Al Majal, a leading Iraqi oil and gas services company, is developing a new state of the art vocational training centre in Basra, Iraq. The Basra Technical Training Centre will advance training and development opportunities for local Iraqis to support the growing number of regional energy projects.

Expected to open early 2025, the centre will provide a wide range of Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) accredited programs, including operations and maintenance, construction management, health, safety and environment, professional leadership training and a range of other courses. A five-month pilot training program will begin this year ahead of the centre officially opening.

Supporting the development of the local energy workforce in Basra, the training centre will also enable further upskilling across key technical roles, including project teams, construction engineers, supervisors and local contractors. On completion of training, Wood Al Majal will support delegates to secure future employment. On behalf of the joint venture, Shaun Dewar, Senior Vice President of Operations, Middle East and Africa at Wood, said: “This new training centre is a key part of our strategy to invest in and develop the national workforce in Iraq providing skills development opportunities for both new entrants and existing industry professionals. We believe a safe, well-trained workforce is key to the success of the energy industry in Iraq and this underlines our commitment to the region’s long-term growth.”

A new Wood Al Majal fabrication facility will be established on the same complex. Specialising in engineered fabrication to meet international standards, the facility will offer design, engineering, inspection, painting and fabrication delivery services and is due to be completed in 2025. The joint venture, which integrates expertise from both Wood and Al Majal, provides commissioning, maintenance and brownfield modifications solutions across Iraq.

Wood has operated in Iraq for over 80 years and employs 850 people, delivering operations solutions for clients across the country.

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