Finalists for Skills Awards Announced


22nd October 2014

FINALISTS for the inaugural OPITO Skills Awards have been shortlisted ahead of National Oil & Gas Skills Week in November.

Throughout the summer, nominations were submitted from across the UK for the Skills Awards, which seek to recognise employers who have engaged with UK educational establishments for the benefit of future generations; and career transitioners who have made a valuable contribution to their workplace or business.

The finalists for the Top Employer for Engagement in UK Education award are: Advanced Industrial Solutions, TOTAL E&P UK Limited; and Quick Hydraulics. The award seeks to recognise employers who have engaged with UK educational establishments for the benefit of the next generation.

Individuals shortlisted for Top Military Career Transitioner award are: Duncan Harwood of ADIL; Peter Hall of Paradigm Flow Services; and Magnus Jeffrey of LR Senergy. The award will recognise an individual who has made a valuable contribution to their workplace or business after making a transition from a career in the military to one in the oil and gas industry.

The winners will be announced at The Upstream Oil & Gas Technician Training Scheme 15th Anniversary Lunch on November 13th. This event, hosted by BBC news journalist Jackie Bird and attended by more than 100 leaders from across the industry, will celebrate the milestone for the apprenticeship programme which is recognised as one of the most successful schemes in the UK.

The Awards will also see the presentation of the OPITO Modern Apprentice of the Year accolade. Nominations for this award have been made by the candidate’s respective colleges.

The current intake of 200 OPITO students have been involved in a number of sponsored activities in the run up to National Oil & Gas Skills Week to raise funds for Help for Heroes, a charity providing a national network of support for wounded servicemen and women and their families.

John McDonald, managing director of OPITO, said: “These awards, set out to recognise and celebrate companies and individuals who are going above and beyond to,ensure the UK continues to leads the way on the skills agenda.

“The North Sea is a global success story with unrivalled expertise and standards. We need industry to continue to tackle the skills challenges it faces so the sector can continue to thrive for the next generation coming into work.

“The shortlist represents the impressive range of talent and innovation that is driving our industry forward and ensuring we are best placed to capitalise on growth opportunities both now and in the future.”

National Oil & Gas Skills Week is set to explore the skills and career pathways within the oil and gas industry across the UK. Targeting a variety of audiences, it will see everything from science, engineering and maths events, specialist workshops and careers sessions to debates, interactive challenges and much more take place in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Norwich and Great Yarmouth from November 11-14th.

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