Learning by coaching


Traditional courses have a solid place in our industry for training young E&P geoscientists and engineers. These courses typically last several days/weeks and target groups of students. Although this concept is working well for basic and intermediate courses, more advanced courses providing a pre-defined content of several advanced and at times independent modules are often, at least partially, ineffective:

  • For most of the students, only part of the material will be of interest,
  • The pace will be either too low or too high for most of the students,
  • There is usually too little time for dedicated personal attention,
  • Availability of courses is usually not at the right time,
  • Once back at their desks, applying what was learned is not always straightforward,
  • It is unlikely that one single teacher is sufficiently knowledgeable on all advanced subjects.

This is why EPTS also offers the concept of coaching to partially replace or supplement classroom training courses.


What does EPTS mean with coaching?

EPTS sees coaching as a rather wide variety of support methods to provide a more direct, focussed and personal approach to improve the client's quality of work and can take several forms depending on the purpose:

  • Development of individual's discipline skills. Young employees often require assistance to help them progress their skills and their projects. In larger companies this assistance may be available inhouse, but in many organisations it is difficult to find good internal coaches with sufficient time and interest.
  • Workshops with small groups to address a particular subject. Typically, areas that require a high degree of integration would benefit from this approach with the relevant subsurface disciplines represented in the target group. If needed, a coaching team of different disciplines can be involved.  
  • Reviewing  work done, either specialized discipline work, or teamwork, like an integrated reservoir modelling project, to help the team to progress. This can be done either in "assist" mode or to provide an independent "quality assurance":
    • In Assist mode it is essential to be involved early in the project to enable steer up front rather than when all the work is completed.
    • Quality control of work done to provide a basis for project quality management. Often, QC is done by colleagues from a different team or even within the same group. This would provide an independent view or second opinion.
  • Coaching a company or a team to improve performance by building or improving and implementing internal guidelines and standardised workflows.

Coaching can be opted for at the time it is needed and at a pace that matches the needs. It is an optimal form of "on the job training" and frequently provides more tangible results than formal classroom. If necessary, it can be done remotely to a large extent.


How will it work

Coaching support can be accomplished through a call-off contract with a simple hour-rate. In consultation, a (series of) remote session(s) is set up to identify and address the knowledge gap(s) and to estimate the required amount of time.


EPTS experts

EPTS experts are all very experienced geoscientists and petroleum engineers and have spent most of their career in Shell.  They are well equipped to help with "on the job" coaching, either as follow-on after delivering a regular course, or as a separate activity. Check their CV's under "about us".