The Aktau Training Center (ATC) was established in summer 2007 in cooperation with PF “Nursultan Nazarbaev Educational Foundation“, Akimat of the Mangistau Oblast, Norwegian Kvaerner Caspian Fabrication production company and RKK foundation (Center for Training and Professional Development of Rogaland County, Norway).
In the framework of the project, the training and production building was reconstructed, and state-of-the-art welding and metal-working equipment was supplied. With the input from the Norwegian experts training programmes and educational presentation materials were developed in compliance with the requirements of contemporary oil and gas industry.
The Center’s activity is focused on training and certifying workers for the oil and gas industry in compliance with international requirements. In 2009 ATC started training workers in three areas of specialization: a welder, ironworker and pipefitter. By 2011 the Training Center has gained recognition by international clients. In 2012 ATC was audited by the International Institute of Welding and became an authorized training center entitled to issue an international certificate of a welder.
ATC initiated an introduction of a personnel certification scheme according to international standards. Government authorities, leading national and international oil and gas companies and service providers, educational institutions were involved in this work. Training participants who successfully passed examinations are awarded nationally recognized documents and international certificates. A key strategy of the project is that Kazakhstani educators who are now teaching at the Center were trained in Norway.