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OPITO appoints director to support global skills development

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Not-for-profit skills body OPITO has appointed Mark Cullens to the new role of director of strategic development.

Cullens, who joins from Petrofac Training Services where he was director of business development Eastern Hemisphere, joins OPITO as it extends its skills and workforce development remit internationally.

Cullens will be based in Aberdeen and spend time supporting the other regional operations centres across the Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

Cullens spent five years with Petrofac, based in Sharjah, Middle East where he developed strategic training projects for national and international oil companies and sovereign wealth funds.

He had previously worked with Petrofac as head of business development in the Middle East and spent four years as principal and general manager with the Proclad Group where he established a commercial training centre in Dubai. He started his career in education and was previously assistant principal of business development at Fife College in Scotland.

Cullens said: “I’m looking forward to extending the reach of OPITO to maximise opportunities for the industry around developing their workforces and raising competency. Globally, this is more important than ever given the experience that has been lost from the industry over the last few years, so improving the quality of the learning experience at the entry level is fundamental to competency during the rest of a person’s career.”

Industry-owned, OPITO provides services and products to governments, national oil companies, operators and contractors to meet international skills needs.

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