The school is focused on technician training whose graduates fit into the oil and gas industry of Trinidad and Tobago, in Upstream, Mid-Stream and Downstream operations. The differentiation for our graduates is our hands-on training capability that ensures that every graduate is ‘industry-ready’ when they complete their certificate with KSPT.
Design of Specialist Workshops
In this regard, the Kenson School of Production Technology has adequately equipped workshops/laboratories for Mechanical, Electrical, and Instrumentation technicians.
Production Simulator Training Facilities
The Kenson School of Production Technology also offers practical training facilities in the form of an Offshore Production Operations Simulator. Located in secured premises away from the classrooms, it simulates crude oil production using oil and water stored in individual containers. The oil and water are mixed as they are pumped to a third tank that represents the oil reservoir. The process of separation is experienced by students through this uniquely designed facility.
The Simulator is also equipped with piping and fire water sprinklers to simulate a deluge of the Production facility using water in the event of a fire. Should a gas leak occur the Simulator is equipped with natural gas sensors which when activated would send a signal to cause the facility to go into an Emergency Shut Down.
The KSPT is the only institution in Trinidad and Tobago with this facility.
The unique capability that makes customized programmes available to companies seeking unique solutions to their employee training and development needs is that of curriculum development. KSPT has a blend of curriculum specialists and technical expertise in operations and maintenance that can be combined in curriculum project teams to examine and conceptualize solutions for companies emphasizing:
- Underpinning theory and knowledge to support operational needs
- Practical activities to demonstrate competence
- An assessment framework to collect evidence
The Kenson School of Production Technology has introduced qualifications that require confirmation that a student has demonstrated the practical skills, as well as the necessary underpinning knowledge, to perform a range of tasks to a specific standard. Demonstration of practical skills for these qualifications (including the IVQ Advanced Diploma in Oil and Gas) requires use of a competence checklist to record evidence. This is an important tool that is used to assess practical skills. A competence checklist is a list of activities or performance outcomes that a candidate must be seen to be able to do in order to be considered competent in the tasks being assessed for the qualification. All instructors/assessors are trained and certified to perform this role.
This assessor capability has wider application in supporting competence assessment and competence verification in the industry both in Trinidad and Tobago and internationally. These assessor capabilities have been leveraged to provide services in Latin America (Peru) and East Africa (Uganda). Assessors at this institution present a unique mix of qualifications and experience in upstream operations and maintenance, mid-stream LNG operations and downstream operations and maintenance.
Assessment and Examination Support Systems
At KSPT significant resources have been employed to support the range of assessments and examinations required to build student competence and knowledge. These resources include human, information technology and physical hardware. Adherence to continuous improvement supports the infrastructure for assessments and examinations. Learning Assistant, for example, has been recently added as an innovative and cost effective e-portfolio solution that allows the institution to dramatically improve the delivery of their vocational qualifications by reducing paper submissions. All student assignments are now submitted electronically and assessors access the e-portfolio to review submissions and award marks, grades and comments.
Experience and Tested systems in Managing Employees Contracted to Clients
The integrated services approach in which the Kenson School of Production Technology has operated has facilitated the development of systems to manage a myriad of services simultaneously. One such service that has been managed since the inception is the provision of employees to major clients in Trinidad and Tobago.