RSK and the University of Basrah have agreed to collaborate to help train the next generation of Iraqi engineers and to give them practical experience that will help them to obtain oil industry jobs in Iraq.
The partnership will give University of Basrah students access to oilfield work experience, internships and for some, hopefully, engineering jobs at RSK’s Iraq Energy City base. It will also enable RSK to recruit Iraqi employees trained as specialist engineers for the oil and gas industries. It is hoped that the number of Iraqi staff (20–30) currently in Iraq Energy City will grow significantly by bringing in specialists trained at the University of Basrah.
Working with the University of Basrah’s College of Engineering, RSK will help to design specialist vocational training courses targeted at particular employment opportunities in Iraq’s oilfields, for example, training students to run and maintain oil processing facilities. Lecturers at the university will deliver the courses.
Under the agreement, RSK will also help graduates of these courses to connect with universities in the UK that offer appropriate postgraduate opportunities.
“It is also RSK’s policy, when working outside the UK, to involve and employ local people wherever it can. The environmental work we carry out often demands local social and cultural knowledge. This is a great opportunity for us to bring Iraqi talent into RSK at all levels and this economic partnership with a fantastic academic institution is of tremendous value to both parties.”
Professor Ali Doubaul of the University of Basrah said, “The University of Basrah is delighted to be partnered with an internationally respected firm such as RSK. Our vision of education extends beyond the classroom and, with the support of RSK, the link between theory and practical applications can be bridged. The value added to all sides is enormous. University students can be assured they are getting the best available training that will prepare them for employment in Iraq and internationally, thus elevating them above other candidates. The industry can be assured they have a credible, solid basis of knowledge from the programme we are delivering. Our partnership with RSK breaks down the barriers intrinsic to local capacity building and focuses on the foundations required for success.”