East of England Masterclass in Oil and Gas Awareness


28th May 2014

CAREER advisors in the East of England have received a masterclass in how the oil and gas industry works, allowing them to help job seekers and college students find opportunities within the sector with a better grasp of the options open to them.

The session delivered by OPITO - the skills organisation for oil and gas – in collaboration with Jobcentre Plus, EEEGR and Waveney District Council was aimed at employment advisors, local authority managers and college professionals to gain an understanding of how the oil and gas industry operates.

Around 60 delegates including work coaches and managers attended the two sessions at Orbis Energy in Lowestoft, Suffolk, along with staff from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (NALEP), Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Colleges, Voluntary Norfolk, Asses Community Trust and officers from Waveney District Council.

The half-day programme covered key events which have shaped the industry over the past three decades and the challenges it faces in the future. It also gave an overview of the different stages of exploration, production and importation processes, as well as discussing the various types of offshore facilities, their functions and key areas of new technology required to sustain the industry.

OPITO UK’s regional development manager, Liz Davis Smith, said: “The OPITO masterclass provides participants with an understanding of how the industry works and the wide range of careers it offers so advisors can help job seekers find opportunities relevant to their skills, qualifications and interests in an industry always on the lookout for enthusiastic and talented workers.

“There is such a diverse range of roles within oil and gas but many people don’t realise there are positions available to them, especially in the onshore side of the business in areas including finance, legal, business development, as well as elements of geology and manufacturing technology.

“By addressing this perception of the industry along with showing people which websites to look at for career options, such as MyOilAndGasCareer, we can help the next generation of workers see there is more to this business than wearing hard hats and working offshore.

“The advisors who came along found the insight into how local companies and the supply chain work especially helpful so they can highlight these career options to job seekers and graduates with companies they may never have considered before.”

Chris Gladwell, senior employer relationship manager at Jobcentre Plus, Stowmarket, said: “This masterclass has given our advisers a much better understanding of the oil and gas industry and the careers opportunities within it. They will be able to give their customers better careers advice which in turn will help them get their foot in the door and build a career for themselves in the sector.

"Working in partnership with organisations like OPITO is vital in helping us to support our customers to fulfil their potential and secure their future.”

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