Competence checks on overseas nurses vital


The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in the UK have expressed concern about the need to assess the competence of staff coming from other countries inside the EU to Britain to work. Currently only workers from outside the EU are checked to see that they have the same standards as UK staff.

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Competence in health and safety

Employers must ensure that any individual performing a task has the competence to do so without putting the health and safety of themselves or others at significant risk.

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) describe competence as “the combination of training, skills, experience and knowledge that a person has and their ability to apply them to perform a task safely. Other factors, such as attitude and physical ability, can also affect someone’s competence.”

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We are taking E-qual Competence Assurance software to OSCC 2016


We will be demonstrating E-qual Competence Assurance Management System, our online competence assessment and tracking tool at the OSCC 2016 exhibition.

The OPITO Safety and Competence Conference (OSCC) is the only annual, global event focused entirely on safety and competency in oil and gas.

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Improve your competence in your workplace


Whether you are an employer looking to ensure your organisation is in good health or an employee looking to improve their working practices, salary or job, competencies are a vital part of achieving these.

Being perceived as competent in what you do is one of the best ways to gain respect, achieve promotion and attract new customers and clients.

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What is a Competency Framework?

What is a competency framework

A competency framework is a structure that sets out and defines each individual competence required by employees. A defined set of competencies for each role in a business shows workers the kind of job requirements, qualifications and behaviours that the organisation values, and those it requires to help achieve its objectives. Continue reading “What is a Competency Framework?”

Opito Safety and Competence Conference

Annual conference organised by Opito in Abu Dhabi. The aim of OSCC is to bring operators, contractors and the supply chain together with training organisations to provide a forum for improving standards of safety and competency that protect the workforce and the industry’s reputation.

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More regulatory questions than answers following Brexit vote

There are more questions than immediate answers following the “Brexit” vote, a decision that sees the United Kingdom leaving the unified Member States of the European Union. One such question is how will leaving the EU affect competence and compliance?

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About Competence Management Systems

Effective competence management ensures that workflow is managed safely and in an efficient way, maximising productivity and ensuring workforce capability. A good quality Competence Management System (CMS) will bring real and lasting benefits to any oil and gas organisation.

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Competence frameworks: the European approach to teach and learn 21st century skills

On 10 June 2016, the Commission adopted a new and comprehensive Skills Agenda for Europe. The aim is to ensure that people develop a broad set of skills.

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What is a level of competence?

Information about people’s abilities and competence has always been valuable when decisions are made about who should undertake some work, or who should be engaged to perform a particular role as part of a job. As a consequence, it is also valuable to have information about what courses of learning, education or training (LET) are designed to result in the acquisition of what competence.

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