ISO Mentorship Programme
The Centre launched its ISO 9001:2015 standards programme in 2018 to assist local businesses in meeting the quality expectations of the oil and gas industry by pairing them with a consulting expert. This ISO Mentorship Programme immediately attracted the interest of many local small and medium businesses. It is focused around coaching and teaching each business the requirements to conform to the ISO 9001:2015 standard and equipping them with the skills and tools to build and take ownership of their quality management system.
After completing the programme, companies can opt to go through the process to become certified, with assistance from the Centre or they may remain in conformance. This mentorship process can take as little as three months or as much time as is needed, depending on the nature and commitment of the company.
The Centre now requires that interested companies register and complete the HSSE Management Systems Mentorship Programme before becoming eligible for ISO Mentorship. This helps companies commit fully to the process and focus their overall efforts to improve internal safety and quality.
Twenty Guyanese companies now conform to the ISO 9001:2015 standards because of the Centre’s mentoring. The most recent group of 15 companies began in late-2019 and saw nine complete the programme in 2020 despite the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.