• Leading training centres Survivex, in Aberdeen, and AIS Training, in Newcastle, part of 3T Energy Group, reopen after enforced closure due to coronavirus.
  • Vast array of Coronavirus measures: on-site medical checks, temperature checks, PIC of Coronavirus safety - operating at 20% capacity to allow for safe reopening.
  • Bellwether for the UK's energy sector as it gears up after down period.
  • Kevin Franklin, CEO of 3T Energy Group (available for interview), says: “We have adapted to the ‘new normal' by leaving no stone unturned in ensuring our sites are the safest on the market. We have worked day and night since March to adapt to the Coronavirus challenge, and we are now ready for the post lockdown training environment.”



The UK Energy Sector is receiving a significant boost this week with the reopening of the UK's biggest training provider to the sector, after enforced closure due to the Coronavirus lockdown announced by the UK Government on 23rd March.


3T Energy Group trains more than 100,000 delegates every year in energy sector health and safety and best practice. After extensive consultation with its clients it has reopened its two world-renowned training centres today: Survivex, based in Europe's oil capital Aberdeen, and AIS Training, in Newcastle Upon Tyne. 


Ahead of the reopening 3T carried out full, detailed Risk Assessments at both facilities, leading to even more stringent measures ensuring the safety of everyone on site. 3T has decided to operate at around 20% capacity initially to allow for a safe environment.


3T will be adapting to the ‘new normal' at both sites by introducing a raft of Covid-19 safety measures, including:

  • Temperature checksfor all visitors and staff
  • Medical questionnaires for customers & staff
  • Medical checks for all staff
  • Person in Charge of Coronavirus safety
  • Daily protocol reviewsled by the 3T Energy Group board
  • Reconfigured classrooms to allow for social distancing
  • Safe haven area should any person on site display Covid-19 symptoms
  • Personaldesks, paper, and pens for customer use
  • Deep cleansof facilities and additional PPE
  • Reinduction of staff with 3T's safe operating measures


3T Group has also invested in technology at its training centres to allow for social distancing - state-of-the-art video technology and tablet use are now in place in every relevant location. The company has also been using the downtime caused by Covid-19 to develop world-first technology-driven training techniques for launch to the market in the near future, parts of which will be rolled into its training centres immediately.


The reopening of the centres represents a significant turning point for the Energy sector following Coronavirus-related disruption, showing that it is starting to get back into gear following the lockdown period. Many delegates have not been able to complete essential training and refresher courses that allow them to safely carry out their duties on site.


3T Energy Group specialises in training energy sector delegates in critical skills for use across the whole energy sector, including onshore and offshore Oil & Gas, Wind and renewables and other industrial sectors. It owns more than 900,000ft² of training space across its Survivex and AIS Training centres and has trained more than 350,000 individuals at 39 locations worldwide.


Kevin Franklin, CEO of 3T Energy Group, adds: “We would categorically not be reopening if we could not provide a safe environment. We are the number one training provider for a reason and our dedication to safety on site is second to none - the measures we have put in place are testament to that. These precautions are the new normal.”


“Our facilities have been upgraded to combat Coronavirus and have changed completely as a result, without compromising quality of training. For example, customers and staff go through rigorous entrance procedures to maintain the new standard and protect all employees and delegates”.


Paul Stonebanks, President of 3T Energy Group, says: “Health and safety training is an essential cog in many industries, but none more so than energy. Delegates need to be able to continue their development and access refresher training on their skills so that they are ready to go back on to site, whether that's offshore or onshore.”


“Over the past few months, we have been developing new technology that will truly revolutionise training in the energy industry. We'll be rolling that out in due course, but for the time being we've included some of this into the training centres to ensure customers receive the very best service in the market.”


“We're glad to be doing our bit to help the sector and the local and UK economy get moving again.”



Survivex and AIS training implement special measures to combat Coronavirus


In addition to those measures laid out above, both AIS Training and Survivex have implemented the following special measures ahead of their reopening to enhance health and safety on site for delegates and staff.


Facilities and Procedures:


  • New wash stations at the entrance to every centre
  • Sanitiser stations for delegates in all classrooms with instructors briefed to sanitise all surfaces and door handles before and after every section of the course - including breaks
  • New start time procedures, with course start times staggered to avoid large gatherings in the mornings
  • Temperature checks upon arrival at training centres – this is a crucial stage and the first line of defence to prevent the virus from entering the centres


Social Distancing:

  • Signage indicating one-way systems around every centre
  • ‘Feet' markings on the ground to set out expectation for maintaining 2-metre gaps
  • Tables and chairs in classrooms placed 2 metres apart
  • Reduced course delegate numbers - in some instances to just 4 people to ensure social distancing can be maintained
  • Improved personal protective equipment (PPE) laundry and distribution hub within every centre to ensure that all PPE can be cleaned after every use before it is returned to delegates - this includes purchasing more than 200 additional coveralls for our delegates to wear



Notes to Editors


Please note that Kevin Franklin is available for an interview should you wish to speak to 3T Energy Group further about the reopening of its training centres. Please contact Alex Williams (details below).


Media Contacts

Alex Williams (Media Zoo)                                                           07793 207325

Andrew McLachlan (Media Zoo)                                                  07931 377162

Natalie Loveless (Media Zoo)                                                      07781 827005


About 3T Group


3T Energy Group is the UK's leading provider of training services to the UK's Energy industry and counts the likes of BP, Shell, Total, Wood and Bilfinger amongst its clients.


The 3T Energy Group portfolio of companies includes AIS Training, Survivex, Drilling Systems, Transform, and 3-Tech. Across its businesses, 3T has offices in Europe, North America, China, the Middle East and Africa.


3T uses ground-breaking technology to deliver world-class, industry focused solutions across its three key pillars - Training, Simulators, and Training & Technology.


Survivex specialises in training energy sector delegates in survival, emergency response and industrial skills from its 52,000ft² facility in Aberdeen. They have trained more than 350,000 individuals in North Sea safety standards across hubs in Scotland and Dubai, and 39 other locations worldwide.


AIS Training provides best-in-class specialist training for the offshore Oil & Gas, Wind Energy and industrial sectors out of its state-of-the-art, 20-acre training facility in the North East.


Drilling Systems is the world's leading provider of advanced drilling simulation technology for the Oil & Gas industry, helping to ensure delegates are well-practiced in operational procedures before they get on site. With over 30 years' experience in Oil & Gas, it has deployed more than 1,100 cutting-edge simulators in over 60 countries.


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