Bilfinger Salamis UK sets the bar high for offshore inductions thanks to its dedicated Mobilisation Centres in Aberdeen and Norwich. Fazlina Zazlan joined the company in 2016, and is responsible for coordinating employee visits to the centre.
What are Bilfinger's Mobilisation Centres?
Our main aim is always to send people to the work site trained and briefed with a clear understanding of the company’s safety culture, expectations, and representing Bilfinger as an employee.
As a service provider, our employees spend their days working on another company’s asset, so it is important to us that they feel engaged as a Bilfinger employee, and feel integral to our values and safety culture.
Our Mobilisation Centres in Aberdeen and Norwich are a vital part of our strategy to reach the offshore workforce in a consistent and joined-up way. All staff travelling offshore visit one local facility to receive company inductions and pre-mobilisation briefings, as well as information on offshore safety practices and permit training.
THE MOBILISATION CENTRES SHOW A RESPECT FOR OUR PEOPLE - WE DELIVER THEIR TRAINING AND INDUCTION IN A QUALITY SPACE, LOCATED NEXT TO THEIR ACCOMMODATION SO WE’RE NOT ASKING THEM TO SPEND THEIR MOBILISATION DAY TRAVELLING BACK AND FORTH THE CITY. IT’S A RELAXED EXPERIENCE WHERE THEY GET TO MEET THEIR PROJECT TEAM AND ACTIVELY ENGAGE WITH THEIR COLLEAGUES.
The centres also allow us to promote a culture of positive workforce engagement by delivering a wide range of modules including risk assessment training, trade tests, client CBT training, face fits, current safety modules, and company-wide safety campaigns. Our rope access technicians can also be tested against our procedures while receiving practical demonstrations of equipment.
When attending a Mobilisation Centre, new employees and those returning to the company after three months or longer, complete our behavioural safety program Safetyworks. This introduces employees to our safety values, and procedures such as our safety observation system, peer audit technique and process safety procedure. They sign a charter, acknowledging their commitment to our safety culture.
What does your job involve?
Working with the Mobilisation Centre Focal Point, I coordinate and facilitate induction and compliance training for all new employees.
I also conduct work-related HSEQ testing such as "Face Fits" and eye vision screening for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Technicians. Our Mobilisation Centre is also an ECITB-approved test centre, so I am responsible for invigilating during tests.
Alongside my role, I'm also proud to be a champion of our mental health committee, Mind Matters, which we run in conjunction with Mates in Mind.
What's the best thing about your job?
It has to be engaging with people. Our department plays a very important role - few people in the business get to meet as many of our offshore workforce as I do, and I really enjoy helping them become part of the company.
For me, that is what sets Bilfinger apart - its commitment to employee engagement. One of our core values is "We Make It Work. You Make the Difference", and I think that sums it up well. People are at the heart of our business, and we go that extra mile to ensure they feel part of the team. When you think that our employees spend their days working on a client asset, it's even more important that we get that initial face-to-face time with them so that they go to work feeling like they are part of Bilfinger.
Personally, I have really enjoyed developing my knowledge of HSEQ, and also project management, which I have completed a diploma in. I am currently in the midst of completing my SQA – Professional Development Award in Managing Self and Work of Others (Level 7).
- What did you want to be when you were a child?
A successful businesswoman - my father was an entrepreneur.
- What advice would you give to your 5-year old self?
Be yourself, have faith and never give up.
- What's your greatest achievement?
My children. My son (19) is in his second year in Robert Gordon’s University; my daughter (15) is aiming for further education in Mechanical and Aerospace engineering and is a violinist in Gothenburg strings orchestra. Finally, my youngest (10) is active in school, Aberdeen Performing Arts Academy and piano lessons. As a single mum, I am very proud of them.
- What's your favourite pastime?
Taking part in a triathlon, hiking and baking.
- Tell us something we may not know about you
I was a pop/jazz singer in hotel lounges when I was younger, and even studied jazz in France. Now, I sing Gospel music at church and I'm a member of Aberdeen Chorus.