RSK Group and the University of Basrah have agreed to enter into a partnership to train Iraqi engineers, reported Trade Arabia.

University of Basrah students will now have access to oil field work experience, internships and possibly even jobs at RSK’s Iraq Energy City base. The partnership will also enable RSK to recruit Iraqi employees trained as specialist engineers for the oil and gas industries.

RSK will help design specialist vocational training courses too with the University of Basrah’s College of Engineering while RSK will help the graduates of these courses to connect with universities in the UK which have appropriate post graduate opportunities.

According to Engineer Live, RSK is a UK-headquartered environmental, social, health, safety and engineering services company.

Alan Ryder, founder and CEO of RSK, said: “I see working with the university as a great opportunity for us to train engineers and scientists to have the skills we need. I am looking to reduce the number of RSK expatriates in Iraq and to build our business with Iraqi nationals who are local to our offices there. This is not something we can deliver over night, but it is something we are committed to.”