May 2010

ISA, European Office closes agreement with Actemium

ISA and Actemium intensify their cooperation, offering customers a wider variety training courses.

The assortment of the ISA European Office is greatly extended through this cooperation. This is accomplished by adding training courses that were only available, until now, at ISA in the U.S.-training such as HMI, SIL, DCs, OPC, Ethernet, etc. ISA, European Office can achieve this by using the knowledge and expertise of Actemium. Actemium also owns the Edulab, a practice room that is a center of competence in the field of industrial automation and home to three high-tech facilities equipped with the latest technical developments. Edulab provides a space for participants to develop their skills and get the most out of knowledge directly into practice. 

"In addition to Actemium's wonderful training capabilities, their proven support for education and workforce development in building the next generation of automation professionals is clearly demonstrated in their state- of-the-art Edulab. This investment facilitates the necessary partnership between industry and academia that can advance the profession beyond current levels. We are excited about the prospects of this new partnership with the ISA European office and the value that can be derived by all of our members throughout Europe," said Patrick Gouhin, ISA executive director.

"Two of our ambitions come together trough this cooperation. Firstly, we have the ambition to make our courses less theoretical. Through the use of the Edulab and its technical facilities this definitely can be achieved. Secondly, we have seen an increase in the interest of technical training. These courses we will be adding are already developed and provided by our colleagues in the U.S. By partnering with Actemium, we have the appropriate knowledge and expertise to provide these courses also in Europe," said Marijke Vreugdenhil of ISA, European Office.

"For Actemium, this new intensive cooperation in the field of education means new opportunities. Actemium has a lot of knowledge and experience in the industrial automation field. Having ISA certified specialists is only the beginning. We shall proceed. As a result, we will be more close to the training needs of our customers," said Carin Vreenegoor, manager of Education Services at Actemium.