PipeTech Academy at MAINTENANCE 2012
Investing together in competence development is a must!
Belgium is one of the leading countries in the field of pipelines. The port of Antwerp houses one of the largest clusters of process lines in the world. This seems logical, especially when considering the large number of chemical and petrochemical companies that are active there. But there are also all the other companies such as transshipment, food or pharmaceutical companies, to name but a few. In fact, every company needs pipelines to make production run smoothly.
That is why BIS ROB Montagebedrijf N.V., Fabricom, ISS Industrial Services N.V. and VDAB (Flemish Employment and Vocational Training Service) decided to invest in additional training capacity for pipe fitters. To this end, they signed a long-term partnership agreement and created the PipeTech Academy in 2009.
Agoria vzw later joined to boost the impact of the agreement. With the accession of SPIE Belgium N.V. in 2011, the PipeTech Academy is even better equipped to tackle the acute shortage of qualified pipe fitters.
To reduce the gap between the labor market and education, the PipeTech Alliance was founded in 2011. The goal is to bring all partners together under one roof that have contact in any way with pipefitters. Together, they want to harmonize and promote schooling. In short, they would like to create a foundation to detect all bottlenecks and to implement all solutions in a uniform way.
MAINTENANCE 2012 will devote special attention to the PipeTech Academy. A production environment will be simulated on the exhibition floor, where all pipe fitter skills will be demonstrated. It will also be a great opportunity for you to show off your technical expertise. The programme will be supplemented with theoretical sessions on the situation and the objectives of this highly relevant initiative.