Skills development
A central component of Severn Valves Solutions’ business model is its valve maintenance and engineering training for the local workforce. Programmes cater for specific skill development through modular workshops or long-term valve technician training to UK NVQ level 3. Training is supported and accredited by Kirklees College in the UK, with courses delivered from the training centre in North Rumaila or via mobile classrooms and workshop units.


Training strategy

We seek to create a skilled Iraqi workforce that can handle general valve maintenance and repair tasks such as

  • Condition inspection
  • Flushing and lubrication
  • Control valve sizing and selection
  • Safety valve testing and base level overhaul

The end goal is for engineers to operate independently on a day-to-day basis, consulting Severn Valve Solutions for advanced services such as specialist diagnostics, calibration or reconfiguration when required.

  • Severn Valve Solutions remain on-hand for long term technical support and advanced expertise

Shifting the workforce profile
The long-term efficiency of Iraqi oil and gas production is dependent on local workforce capability. Our aim is to boost the percentage of competent Iraqi engineers and technicians who can maintain and repair valves within the facilities of local oil and gas companies.



  • Onsite training school
  • Sample valves
  • Iraqi training manager, mentor, interpreter


Current local workforce 38%


Projected baseline local workforce 60% by 2016


Severn Valve Solutions goal is to retain 50% of all expenditure within Iraq’s economy.

  • People
  • Accommodation
  • Security
  • Local procurement support services





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