Sage Technology , a Victorian software development company is playing a key role in addressing the skills shortage facing natural resources industries in Western Australia.
The Morwell-based Sage Technology has made a significant donation of software and services to leading industry training provider, Challenger Institute of Technology.
Challenger Institute will use the SageSURPASS software at its Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT) to train future workers in safe working practices for permit to work, isolation and risk assessment.
The donation is the result of a three-way initiative between Challenger Institute of Technology, Woodside Energy and Sage Technology.
Western Australian Training and Workforce Development Minister, Peter Collier launched the initiative at a function attended by more than 70 industry representatives at ACEPT on Tuesday.
“This three-way alliance is an excellent example of a successful collaboration between the public and private sectors and demonstrates that training in WA is becoming increasingly responsive and adaptable to the needs of industry,” Mr Collier said.
“The future workers of the resources industry will be trained at Challenger’s Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training in a web-based permit to work system that is poised to become an industry benchmark. The software was developed by Sage Technology and is a key component of Woodside’s Integrated Safe System of Work.”
“This generous donation from Sage Technology will provide students with a professional and industry-relevant learning experience,” the Minister said.
“But this collaboration is benefiting not just future oil and gas workers – the broader resources industry and other sectors will also be advantaged.
“Woodside’s Integrated Safe System of Work is set to meet the different requirements of a wide range of industries – oil and gas, power generation, petrochemicals, mining and minerals processing, and manufacturing.”
Sage Technology managing director Lynda Bertoli said Sage was pleased to support ACEPT’s role in providing industry relevant training that was also helping address the shortage of skilled workers in WA’s resources sector.
“Sage Technology’s safe work systems have been rolled out to 25 sites and more than 6,000 licensed users throughout Australia and internationally,” Ms Bertoli said.
“We are both proud and honoured to be supporting the excellent work of ACEPT and Woodside.
“SageSURPASS is contributing to better safety management with a stable, user-friendly system that will not only create safer work processes but also equip workers with the skills that industry needs.”
Woodside Executive Vice President – Health, Safety and Security, Eve Howell said the iSSoW project had delivered excellent and ongoing results through internal alignment and improved safety performance, and would be central to the way Woodside worked for many years.
“The iSSoW is now in place at all Woodside’s onshore and offshore facilities,” Ms Howell said.
“It currently has about 4,000 users and is being supported by a comprehensive training program.
“The new system complements Woodside’s work to develop an improved safety culture and brings consistency across sites and shifts — essential features as the resources industry deals with the growing need for skills and experience.
“Since we began using the iSSoW, Woodside has observed a general improvement in safety behaviours around work planning, discipline of risk assessment and the management of isolations. The system has reduced the scope for human error in the preparation and performing of work.”