Return ticket to Nigeria

Anthony Oladeji is a symbol of Maersk Training’s geographical expanding reach. He moved from Nigeria to Denmark eight years ago to work as a trainer, and is now commuting back to help build up a new training centre in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Anthony Oladeji is a symbol of Maersk Training’s geographical expanding reach. He moved from Nigeria to Denmark eight years ago to work as a trainer, and is now commuting back to help build up a new training centre in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Maersk Training in brief

  • Founded in 1978, Maersk Training is an independent business unit with worldwide training facilities that are open to all companies. 
  • It aims to assist customers in improving safety and operational performance and has a number of specialised training areas: Oil & Gas, Maritime, Wind, Survival, Safety & Security, People Skills, and Crane Operation. 
  • Maersk Training has more than 200 different courses, based on the conviction that training should be as close to real life as possible. It carries out training equivalent to more than 100,000 man-days per year.

Life and career are now coming round full circle for Anthony Oladeji. He came to Svendborg to work as a trainer for Maersk Training in 2007, and is now commuting back to Nigeria each month to work on building up a new centre there as part of the business’s rapid expansion.

“I could imagine going back to Nigeria permanently, but it’s too stressful for the family,” Oladeji says, referring to his wife, Egbinola, and their three children.

Oladeji worked for Transocean and Shell in Nigeria, initially offshore and then using those skills and his aptitude for teaching to become a trainer, before joining Maersk Training and moving to Denmark.

“It’s really exciting to be going back and working on the new centre – just to be part of it, and developing ­everything in a Maersk Training framework.”

Best expertise

Since its founding in 1978, Maersk Training has grown from mainly providing training for companies within the Maersk Group to serving more than 50 large companies in the maritime, wind and energy industries, as well as private individuals.

It has concluded two major deals this year, with Transocean and BP, and it has doubled both its revenue and number of training centres in the last three years. Over the last five years, it has invested heavily in building advanced simulator environments to provide improved operational performance for customers by improving the skills and competence of their offshore employees, and delivering more than textbook theory.

Maersk Training’s 2015 contracts

  • Maersk Training has signed two major global contracts this year, with Transocean and BP, as it continues its expansion.
  • It will be responsible for the administration of all and delivery of certain training for Transocean’s offshore crew for a period of at least five years.
  • Maersk Training will handle a significant part of BP’s offshore rig crew training, to take place at a new state-of-the-art centre in Houston. The centre is planned to be operational by end-2015 and will add realistic training to textbook theory.
  • It will have centres in eight of the global maritime and offshore production hubs in the world – Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom, India, the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Brazil and the United States.

Key to the expansion is the offshore industry’s increased focus on the overall quality of training and crew competence, while also targeting it for specific tasks – jobs for which Maersk Training is well suited.

“Having customers from a long line of international offshore companies enables us to apply the best practice we learn from each – both between the employees participating, and picking up and deploying the expertise of the best players in the field,” says Maersk Training CEO Claus Bihl.

More than 30,000 people pass through Maersk Training’s centres each year, a rapid increase from roughly 10,000 in 2010. With the Houston and Dubai centres still to come fully on stream, the number should increase significantly in 2016, Bihl says.

“We could only be attractive to large global customers by being present in more hubs around the world. So the geographical expansion is crucial to the long-term growth strategy,” adds Bihl.

Oladeji is living that expansion personally. During his stints in Nigeria, he is part of the management committee that is working to align training activities at the Port Harcourt centre, as part of the deal with Transocean. When in Svendborg, he continues to lead his own classes, teaching both the basics and more advanced practices of drilling.

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