OPITO lead Hampshire Troops towards Oil and Gas Careers


3rd July 2014

OPITO, the skills organisation for oil and gas, has been briefing Forces personnel at Aldershot Garrison today (Thursday 3rd July) about how the oil and gas industry operates and the career prospects their military backgrounds open up.

More than 600 services personnel looking for new opportunities post-military have already attended the one-day OPITO Oil and Gas Awareness programme on sites in England and Scotland – another 70 are expected to attend today.

Topics include the drilling process, different types of rigs and platforms, transportation, pipeline management and the decommissioning process.

The programme, which began last December, is aimed at addressing critical needs within the industry to recruit skilled engineers and technicians for both on and offshore positions.

OPITO skills development director, Morven Spalding, said: “Ex-military have the kind of skills and expertise which can be useful across a whole range of different career options in oil and gas. They may have the technical know-how from working with specialist machinery, transporting materials, working out logistical problems, team-building and dealing with man management issues, all of these attributes can crossover.

“By taking these servicemen and women through the processes involved, they get a clearer picture of how their current skillset can marry up with roles in oil and gas.

With the prospect of many oil and gas employees retiring in the next 10-15 years, these Forces men and women can potentially fill the expected loss of a knowledgeable and experienced workforce, so the industry also benefits from the link we are providing.”

John Roach, a chief petty officer weapons engineer and deputy weapons engineering officer, at HMS Grimsby, found the event he attended hugely beneficial. He said: “The awareness day was very well put together explaining all aspects of the oil and gas industry from exploration all the way through to processing and even decommissioning the rigs when they reach the end of their working life. As the day focused on the whole industry it allowed me to pin point the jobs and disciplines that are relevant to my skill set.”

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP), the MoD’s official Armed Forces Resettlement service, has been working closely with OPTIO to reinforce the long-term career prospects within oil and gas for personnel leaving the Forces.

CTP managing director David Duffy said: “The Armed Forces equips its employees with a high degree of professionalism and a wide range of skills, including technical expertise, vocational qualifications, health and safety, leadership and management and team working. We are delighted to be working with OPITO to promote opportunities in the oil and gas sector and in turn help organisations seeking to recruit highly skilled and capable candidates.”

The OPITO Oil and Gas Awareness sessions have already been held at Rosyth, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Tidworth, Cottesmore, Colchester, and Kinloss with more dates at bases planned in the coming months.

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