McDermott Caspian Contractors Inc, the Caspian operating subsidiary of J. Ray McDermott, S.A. (J. Ray) plans to conduct appraisal of over 260 specialists in Azerbaijan in the framework of the employees Competency Assessment Program (CAP), the companyвЂ™s press-release informs, Trend reports.
The program will be implemented from the end of October 2005 until July 2006, during which time more than 260 craftsmen will be assessed, evaluated and, if required, provided with additional training. The assessment will be carried out by industry experts who assess individualвЂ™s practical skills and craft knowledge using "industry bestвЂќ performance standards established by J. Ray McDermott corporate guidelines.
вЂњThis initiative is important for our goal to retain and develop highly qualified and experienced Azerbaijani specialists, who now comprise nearly 80% of the companyвЂ™s workforce,вЂќ said Dan Houser, Vice President & General Manager, Caspian operations. вЂњThe CAP and a similar in-house assessment program called Productivity Through People are the first steps in developing and implementing mechanisms to allow qualified Azerbaijani specialists to occupy leading managerial positions. This means that, over time, the most talented and best trained local personnel will be able to gradually replace foreign specialists while keeping the high quality and safety standards J. Ray adheres to worldwide.вЂќ
Competency assessments of more than 1,020 craftsmen of other disciplines, namely welders, pipe and structural fitters has been ongoing at J. RayвЂ™s Caspian facility since the summer of 2003.