Industry Gets on Board for National Oil & Gas Skills Week


29th July 2014

A HOST of big name organisations have signed up to support National Oil & Gas Skills Week in November and a raft of new activities have been added to the varied programme of exciting events taking place across the UK.

Schlumberger, Oil & Gas UK and NOF Energy have given their backing to the nationwide initiative which aims to draw people of all ages and from all walks of life together to discover the oil and gas industry’s potential for providing diverse, stimulating and rewarding employment opportunities.

They join Subsea UK, the Institute of Physics, Glasgow Science Centre and Our Dynamic Earth in the growing list of organisations contributing to the jam-packed programme of science, engineering and maths events, specialist workshops, careers sessions, debates and interactive challenges planned for Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

Oilfield services company Schlumberger has come on board as a gold sponsor of the Week.

Gordon Ballard, chairman and country manager of Schlumberger UK, said: “This is an exciting time in oil and gas - there are so many varied and rewarding careers possible for people of all ages and backgrounds. I would encourage anybody interested in joining a fast-moving, high-tech, and challenging industry to get involved and participate in the National Oil & Gas Skills Week events.”

Two events aimed at people looking to move into the oil and gas industry from other sectors have been added to the programme:

NOF Energy has teamed up with British Forces Resettlement Services to deliver a Military2Energy event in the north-east of England on November 13th. Targeted at businesses interested in the chance to recruit from and network with the Armed Forces, the free event takes place the same day as employers from across Aberdeen stage the free Opportunities in Oil & Gas recruitment event for people with transferable skills at the Hilton Treetops.

Oil & Gas UK meanwhile has signed up to support Doors Open Day on November 13th.

Dr Alix Thom, Oil & Gas UK’s employment and skills issues manager, said: “This new event will provide an exciting opportunity for the public to gain a deeper insight into the diverse range of sectors, career opportunities and ground-breaking technologies being deployed by companies to maximise recovery of oil and gas from the North Sea.”

OPITO UK managing director John McDonald said: “This is the first time that the oil and gas industry has ever looked to do something of this size and scale to showcase its achievements and diversity. It is a very ambitious initiative but has the potential to really challenge people’s perceptions of the oil and gas industry as something that doesn’t apply to them.

“I am delighted by the support it has received so far and want to hear from more organisations – whether its operators or SMEs through to education bodies, science centres, recruiters or trade associations – to get involved in this exciting new take on the skills challenge and help make Skills Week a true reflection of the dynamic, successful industry that we are.”

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, Norwich, Great Yarmouth and the north-east of England from November 11-14th.

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