Train ND’s Future Facility Geared Toward Oil Industry Needs

By The Bakken magazine staff | May 16, 2014

Statoil and Steel Energy Services Ltd. have donated $150,000 each to an oilfield safety program affiliated with TrainND, a workforce training system developed by the state legislature in 1999. The money will go towards the TrainND-Northwest Center in Williston, N.D., a proposed 19,740 square foot regional workforce training and education center. The facility will provide training space and classes for the oil and gas industry, along with other industry-specific programs.

For any company looking to train current or future employees on safety protocols or ensure that employees are verified with certain safety courses, TrainND’s Williston location will provide documentation of training to its participating companies through employee transcripts, safety passport books, safety training cards, certifications and more, according to TrainND. If a business is audited or a copy is need to verify past records, TrainND can provide documentation.

“We are proud to have a contribution of this magnitude from a company that prioritizes our safety first mantra and is very active in the community,” said Deanette Piesik, CEO of the non-profit TrainND, when the donation by Statoil was announced.

“Statoil is very excited and proud to be a part of helping to bring this new training facility to life. This center will enable current and future generations to gain skills in areas critical to the growth and diversification of North Dakota’s economy,” said Torstein Hole, head of Statoil’s U.S. onshore group.

The oil industry has already shown great interest in the facility. Board members on the TrainND-Northwest Center include members from Halliburton, Hess Corp., Black Hawk Energy Services, SM Energy, Oasis Petroleum Inc., Marathon Oil Co., and several others.

“We are pleased to support this important project as part of our commitment to fostering a well-trained workforce in the Williston Basin,” said John Quicke, CEO of Steel Energy Services.

“We fully understand the importance of having professionally trained employees,” said Steward Peterson, Steel’s vice president of northern operations. “We are happy to support our community, especially as the economy expands and the demand for additional workers increases.”

TrainND started providing safety training classes in Williston at Williston State College, but has since progressed into technical programs. The program has been given $2 million worth of oilfield equipment to aid in training.